Kalimpong, 13 Mar:
In a surprise announcement today, Jan Aandolan Party president Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri informed that JAP will not participate in the upcoming Lok Sabha election and will also stay away from the Sajha Manch.
With this move, the attempt for an ‘all-party’ consensus candidate appear to have fallen through.
The Sajha Manch, comprising of many political parties, was trying to come up with a consensus local candidate, but first CPRM and yesterday GNLF announced plans to field their own candidates even as the final meeting of the Sajha Manch was yet to take place. The meeting was scheduled for 15 March.
Dr Chettri believes that this was a golden opportunity to send a consensus candidate to the Lok Sabha given that Sajha Manch had developed as a strong coalition of 16 parties.
“Unfortunately, CPRM and GNLF declared their candidates while we were trying till yesterday for consensus. This election was not a fight for the MP chair but could have led the way for Gorkha's dignity, political solution, and many other important things, that is why we had made an effort for consensus,” he said.
He feels that it is difficult for everybody to come together in politics but went on to advise that parties not to pitch people against people. He also warned that people not to be deceived again.