The recently concluded panchayat elections in Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills have heralded a new move towards grassroots democracy in the region. The hill people now have their own representatives who would work hard to fulfil the aspirations of the people they represent.
Bista expressed satisfaction in achieving the fundamental objective of restoring democracy in the hills through the panchayat elections after a gap of 23 years. He further acknowledged that the victory achieved by many BJP-backed independent candidates is a victory for unity, against corruption and for clean and honest Panchayat.
He congratulated all those who have won the elections and encouraged those who did not win to act as a “check and balance agent” in their villages. “Ensuring corruption-free and nepotism-free development is our top priority now,” Bista said.
He also said that he is willing to work with everyone, irrespective of their party affiliations, who want to implement best development practices, clean, honest and caring Panchayat at the grassroots level.
“I thank BJP and Alliance leaders, Karyakartas and everyone who worked tirelessly to ensure that the message of ‘corruption free’, ‘commission free’ and ‘ghotala free’ development reached each and everyone. I thank them all and look forward to fulfilling all the commitments we have made to the citizens of our beautiful land, in the coming days,” Bista said.