GJM dismisses BJP’s claim of seat-sharing deal in North Bengal
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The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Tuesday dismissed BJP's claim of having left four seats, including three in Darjeeling, to the hill party in return for support to the saffron party in six seats in the plains and said it was prepared to support the national party only in one seat.
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said that his party would support the BJP in the Madarihat constituency in Jalpaiguri district of North Bengal. "We will contest in the hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Kalchini in Jalpaiguri district," he added.
He said the party would soon take a decision regarding the other seats in North Bengal after it received reports from the GJM fact-finding committees.
On Monday, Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha had claimed that the Morcha would support the BJP for Matigara, Naxalbari, Kumarigram, Mal, Madarihhat and Dabgram-Phulbari Assembly seats in the state. A day after, Sinha said: "I had said this on the basis of a discussion with the GJM."
Meanwhile, WBPCC president Manas Bhuniya today refused to make any comment on the reported statement by the president of the party's hill unit, K B Chettri, that it was looking at an electoral understanding with the GJM for the three hill Assembly segments of the district.
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