Kalimpong, Dec. 27: The GNLF has claimed that around 170 CPM members at Pedong, about 21 km from here, have crossed over to it.
General secretary of the GNLF Sakyong Zonal Committee Francis Dewan said: “The CPM members of lower Minchu in Pedong joined us on December 23. They were the last of the CPM supporters in the area. Most of them were senior cadre who had been with the Left party since its inception. They had become disillusioned with the CPM lately as the party had failed to fulfil the wishes of the hill people or carry out any development work.”
Two months ago another 115 CPM members had switched loyalties, he added.
The CPM’s Kalimpong zonal committee general secretary Prakash Subba refuted the claim and said: “Only one member, expelled from our party, has joined the GNLF.”