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Three hill civic bodies dissolved

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 15, 2009

Members of the Nari Morcha lay siege to the Sadar police station in Darjeeling on Tuesday.

Members of the Nari Morcha lay siege to the Sadar police station in Darjeeling on Tuesday.

Kalimpong, July 14: The Darjeeling district administration today dissolved the three hill municipalities and asked the sub-divisional officers to take over the civic bodies.

The terms of the elected boards of the Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong municipalities expired yesterday.

Darjeeling district magistrate Surendra Gupta said the SDOs would run the municipalities with the help of a four-member board. “A board will comprise the SDO, the outgoing chairman, vice-chairman and a representative of the deputy director of the local bodies,” he added.

The state government was compelled to take such a move after the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha boycotted the recently held civic elections. No nomination was filed in the three municipalities for the June-28 elections.

All the three boards were wrested by the Morcha from the GNLF after the majority of councillors defected to it over a year ago when the Subash Ghisingh-led party was wiped out from the hills.

Norden Lama, the outgoing chairman of the Kalimpong Municipality, said the party decided not to contest the civic polls to pressure the state and central governments to concede to the demand of Gorkhaland. “We managed to achieve what the GNLF could not during its long reign at the helm,” he claimed. Outgoing chairman of the Darjeeling Municipality Pemba Tshering Ola, said: “We have handed over the charge. We will act according to our party’s directives.”

Source: The Telegraph


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