By A Newsman
Siliguri, 25 March: DITCHING the BJP, Kamtapur People’s Party (KPP) has extended support to the Trinamool Congress for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls.
KPP president Atul Roy announced the decision in Siliguri today seating next to Trinamool Dabgram-Fulbari Assembly segment candidate and North Bengal development minister Gautam Deb.
This comes a day after a KPP team led by Roy held a closed-door meeting with Deb at the latter’s College Para residence in Siliguri yesterday.
In the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha polls, KPP had supported the BJP in entire north Bengal region. The party had in fact joined the National Democratic Front.
Announcing support to Trinamool today, Roy said Mamata Banerjee’s assurance to look into the demand for recognition of Rajbangshi language and creation of employment opportunities in north Bengal were the reason for the support.
Banerjee recently announced that similar to Nepali, and Alchiki, she has plans to extend an official language status to Rajbangshi as well.
KPP, whose core demands include a Constitutional recognition for Ragbangshi language, and creation of a separate Kamtapur state, has some influence in north Bengal and the lower Assam districts.
The Dabgram-Fulbari Assembly segment near Siliguri has around 30,000 Rajbangshi people, and Roy claims with KPP extending support, a sizeable chunk of them would vote for Trinamool.