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Morcha shuffled before battle – Party gets ready for next round of agitation, new committees formed for turf expansion

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 1, 2009

Darjeeling, June 30: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has overhauled its structure with special attention to the Dooars and Siliguri to strengthen the party ahead of the next phase of the Gorkhaland agitation.
However, the Morcha has decided to go slow in calling a strike at present as it wants rehabilitation works following last month’s landslides to get over first.
The party, which has been on the back foot in the Dooars region largely because of opposition from the predominant Adivasi community, has decided to rebuild its base by changing the entire organisational structure in that area.
“We had only three conveners for the Dooars but we will now have three committees of 10 members each for middle, eastern and western Dooars to oversee party activities,” said Roshan Giri, the general secretary of the Morcha, after the central committee meeting in Darjeeling today.
The Morcha is also looking at restructuring its Siliguri subdivision committee, as it faces stiff resistance in the trade hub.
A five-member central committee has been put in place for Siliguri. Rajen Lohar, an Adivasi, and Santosh Rasaily from Panighatta in the Terai, have been included in the party’s central committee.
L.B. Rai, a former chairman of Mirik Municipality, has been given charge of Soureni, the native place of GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh, while Bijoy Sundas and Francis Dewan have been made organising secretaries for Kalimpong subdivision.
Laxman Rai and Sushil Dixit have been selected organising secretaries for Kurseong while Madan Rai has been given a similar responsibility for Gorubathan. Gorubathan falls within Kalimpong subdivision but given the fact that it borders the Dooars, the Morcha has created a new post for the block.
In fact, there were no posts of organising secretaries for Kalimpong and Kurseong which suggests that the party is seriously looking at strengthening itself before launching any agitation.
The Morcha which has been functioning without a subdivisional committee in Darjeeling will now have a five-member panel to look after party activities.
Binay Tamang has been made assistant secretary while Harka Bahadur Chhetri and Rohit Sharma have been made the new media and publicity secretaries.
“The changes have been made to strengthen the party before the start of the next phase of agitation which will depend on the Parliament session that starts from July 2,” said Giri.
He said although no strike has been announced as of yet, such an option was always a part of the long term strategy. “Strikes are definitely a tool to highlight our agitation. Even though we have not called one, we will still ask our supporters to be prepared for it.”
“Lot of people are in distress because of the landslides and we want quality work to be done as fast as possible,” Giri added.

Darjeeling, June 30: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has overhauled its structure with special attention to the Dooars and Siliguri to strengthen the party ahead of the next phase of the Gorkhaland agitation.

However, the Morcha has decided to go slow in calling a strike at present as it wants rehabilitation works following last month’s landslides to get over first.

The party, which has been on the back foot in the Dooars region largely because of opposition from the predominant Adivasi community, has decided to rebuild its base by changing the entire organisational structure in that area.

“We had only three conveners for the Dooars but we will now have three committees of 10 members each for middle, eastern and western Dooars to oversee party activities,” said Roshan Giri, the general secretary of the Morcha, after the central committee meeting in Darjeeling today.

The Morcha is also looking at restructuring its Siliguri subdivision committee, as it faces stiff resistance in the trade hub.

A five-member central committee has been put in place for Siliguri. Rajen Lohar, an Adivasi, and Santosh Rasaily from Panighatta in the Terai, have been included in the party’s central committee.

L.B. Rai, a former chairman of Mirik Municipality, has been given charge of Soureni, the native place of GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh, while Bijoy Sundas and Francis Dewan have been made organising secretaries for Kalimpong subdivision.

Laxman Rai and Sushil Dixit have been selected organising secretaries for Kurseong while Madan Rai has been given a similar responsibility for Gorubathan. Gorubathan falls within Kalimpong subdivision but given the fact that it borders the Dooars, the Morcha has created a new post for the block.

In fact, there were no posts of organising secretaries for Kalimpong and Kurseong which suggests that the party is seriously looking at strengthening itself before launching any agitation.

The Morcha which has been functioning without a subdivisional committee in Darjeeling will now have a five-member panel to look after party activities.

Binay Tamang has been made assistant secretary while Harka Bahadur Chhetri and Rohit Sharma have been made the new media and publicity secretaries.

“The changes have been made to strengthen the party before the start of the next phase of agitation which will depend on the Parliament session that starts from July 2,” said Giri.

He said although no strike has been announced as of yet, such an option was always a part of the long term strategy. “Strikes are definitely a tool to highlight our agitation. Even though we have not called one, we will still ask our supporters to be prepared for it.”

“Lot of people are in distress because of the landslides and we want quality work to be done as fast as possible,” Giri added.

Source: The Telegraph

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