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GJM forcibly takes over 3 municipalities in Darjeeling

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 5, 2009

PTI

Siliguri, Aug 4 (PTI) The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has forcibly taken over all the three municipalities in the Darjeeling hills and begun running them, District Magistrate Surendra Gupta said today.

The West Bengal Municipal Affairs Department has been informed about Darjeeling, Jurseong and Kalimpong municipalities being taken over illegally by the GJM yesterday, Gupta told PTI.

After ‘taking over’ administration, former chairperson of Darjeeling Municipality Pema Tsering signed official papers and disbursed salary to the staff.

Tsering told reporters that the GJM had taken the responsibility of civic boards “in the greater interest of the people as the boards formed by the government were not functioning properly”.

All councillors of the “dissolved” civic boards, she said, would continue to function as before.

The district magistrate said no directive to take action has yet reached the administration.

The election to the municipalities and panchayats in Darjeeling on July 14 could not be held as none filed nomination.

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