Edwards’ party and people’s party too
Ajoy Edwards, owner of the famous Glenary’s restaurant in Darjeeling and well-known philanthropist, has named his political party Hamro Party (Our Party) with the promise of remaining independent from the ruling parties in the state and in the Center.
Most of the mountain parties are aligned with either the BJP or the Trinamul Congress and Edwards’ announcement on Thursday is seen as an attempt to offer a new option in mountain politics.
“The name of the party was chosen by the people, the silent majority. The situation in the hills seems such that the majority of people did not want to vote on Facebook and Instagram for fear of being identified even in this simple exercise, ”Edwards said at an event in Mirik.
Edwards and his team had released four names, Jan Shakti, Janta Kalyan Party, Jan Awaaz and Hamro Party, from a list of 122 suggested names for the new party.
Voting could be done via WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and email, but Edwards said most prefer to vote via WhatsApp, to avoid identification.
“The Hamro Party celebrates our unity while accepting the plurality of the place. It’s everyone’s party, your party, mine, ”said Edwards.
Members of the new party, however, stressed that they would not be on the crutches of the BJP or Trinamul.
“We will remain independent but if we are elected to govern, we will maintain links with all powers for the improvement of the place. In the past we had seen how much people must have suffered because of the lack of diplomacy from our hill leaders, ”said Edwards, 48.
The Hamro party also unveiled its flag on Thursday.
The party will, however, be kicked off from Peshok’s tea garden, where it is said to be holding a medical camp.
Gurung meets Partha
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Chairman Bimal Gurung and other party leaders met with Trinamul Minister Partha Chatterjee in Calcutta.
“The delegation argued that since the proposed political solution and the GTA election are linked, the GTA elections should not take place immediately as this could create confusion among the general public. However, elections for the panchayat and the municipality should take place, ”said a leader from Morcha.