Siliguri, The Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad has decided to publish its candidate list for six Assembly constituencies in north Bengal on Sunday as the Congress is yet to ink a deal with the Trinamul Congress on seat sharing for the coming polls.
The tribal outfit had earlier announced that it would fight from five seats in the Dooars and one in the Terai. But the party had said it would wait to see whether the Congress wanted to field candidates in any of these seats.
“After holding talks with the Congress leaders in Delhi, we had declared that we would contest from five Assembly seats in the Dooars and Phansidewa in the Terai and extend support to the Congress-Trinamul alliance. Our supporters were excited about the decision, as if these candidates become MLAs, there will finally be a change in the socio-economic conditions of the community after decades of misery,” Tezkumar Toppa, the state general secretary of Parishad, said today.
“However, the delay on their part to reach on a consensus on the seat sharing has left us concerned. As we cannot wait any more, we have started the selection process. Even if the two parties do not arrive at a decision, we will announce the names of the candidates for the six seats on Sunday,” said Toppa.
The adivasis comprise more than 70 per cent of the voters in the six seats reserved for scheduled tribes. Kalchini, Kumargram, Birpara-Madarihat, Nagrakata and Malbazar are the five seats the Parishad plans to contest from in the Dooars.
Rajesh Lakra, the secretary of Dooars-Tarai Adivasi Vikas Parishad, was arrested from his home in Nagrakata on Thursday morning and remanded in 14 days’ judicial custody in connection with two arson cases pending against him.
The law caught up with the leader of the breakaway faction of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad after the Election Commission had instructed police to execute all arrest warrants before the polls. TheTelegraph.