TMC names Morcha MLA as Darjeeling candidate

TMC names Morcha MLA as Darjeeling candidate
Wed, Mar 13, 2019

Our Correspondent
DARJEELING: Sitting Gorkha Janmukti Morcha MLA from Darjeeling Amar Singh Rai was today named as the candidate of the Trinamul Congress in the Darjeeling parliamentary constituency for the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, sparking allegations that Binay Tamang faction of the Morcha, to which Rai belongs, has revealed its true colours of being part and parcel of the Trinamul.
The Tamang faction, however, defended the decision of the Trinamul to field Rai as its candidate. “In the past, hill-based parties have supported candidates of parties like the CPM, Congress and BJP, but once elected, they did precious little for the hills. We have faith in the Trinamul since it has been carrying out a lot of development work in the hills,” said Suraj Sharma, the spokesman of the Binay camp.
Sharma said his party was in a way compelled to field Rai under the banner of Trinamul since there is a dispute over the use of the Morcha symbol and the matter is sub-judice. “We didn’t have time to apply for a new symbol. Nevertheless, we have full faith in the Trinamul, and given that it has a huge presence in the plains segment of Darjeeling parliamentary constituency, we are confident of winning handsomely from the seat,” he said.
The Binay camp has decided to hold a meeting at Jogighat on March 15 to discuss strategies regarding the upcoming election.
GNLF leader Niraj Zimba, however, said with the announcement of Rai as Trinamul’s candidate from Darjeeling, it has become clear that there is only one Morcha, which is headed by Bimal Gurung, and the Binay camp is actually a part and parcel of Trinamul. “There can’t be a bigger joke than the fact that a sitting MLA of the Morcha is contesting the Lok Sabha election as a Trinamul candidate. We can only appeal to the people of the hills to call the bluff of Trinamul and the Binay camp by voting overwhelmingly against them,” he said.

Year of birth: 1948
Address: Avilion, 9B.K. Gongba Road, Darjeeling
Education: Primary schooling at Kizum Primary School, Bijanbari. Senior Cambridge from Calcutta Boys School. Graduation from St. Joseph ‘s
College, North Point. Masters from University of North Bengal.  
Family: Wife and 2 sons
Occupation: He joined Loreto College (now Southfield College) in 1971 as a professor and retired as Vice-Principal in 2008. He also served as visiting professor at St. Joseph’s College and Ghoom-Jorebunglow College.
Political career:  he joined politics in 2011 and was elected as the chairman of the Darjeeling Municipality. Elected MLA of Darjeeling in 2016.

Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi