Jalpaiguri: Leaders of Jalpaiguri district Youth Trinamool have demanded that people who are workers and local leaders of party’s youth wing be fielded in most of the seats in the upcoming panchayat elections.
The demand has come before district leaders of the party have finished the selection of candidates in all three-tiers and it is being interpreted as a move by the youth wing to keep leaders under pressure.
“Since November last year, we have held ‘panchayati raj sammelan’ (meetings) with youths in all blocks of the district. At those meetings, we have even selected youths as prospective candidates for the rural polls. Further, teams of youths have been formed in each booth to work for the elections. We want our party leaders to field competent people, mostly youths, to ensure win in maximum seats,” said Saikat Chatterjee, the president of the Jalpaiguri district Youth Trinamool.
He claimed that most of the rural voters in Jalpaiguri district are aged below 45 years. “That is why we feel it would help the party if more and more youths are chosen as candidates,” added Chatterjee.
The youth wing has also demanded that the district party form a screening committee to finalise the candidates’ list.
There should be top district leaders and youth leaders in the committee, which will work on names of prospective candidates collected from the blocks and panchayats, judge the candidates’ prospects and weightage and then take the selection, they said.
Such a move by the youths has left party leaders under pressure, said insiders.