Election can be held in Darjeeling hills, says EC observer
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 22:47
Siliguri (WB): An Election Commission observer has said the situation in Darjeeling hills was right for holding polls.

EC observer Sudhir Kumar Rakesh, who led a six-member EC team to the hills, said there was no reason as to why the Assembly election cannot be hold.

Rakesh, who is Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar, said yesterday that the team would submit a detailed report to the EC so that it can take an appropriate decision.

The remarks of Rakesh came against the backdrop of senior CPI-M leader and state minister Ashok Bhattacharya claiming that the situation in Darjeeling was not conducive for Assembly poll.

The hills are witnessing violent protests by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which is spearheading an agitation for statehood.


First Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 22:47

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