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Leave hills ‘request’

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 14, 2009

Darjeeling, Aug. 13: The Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha has with “folded hands” requested a former GNLF leader who has already resigned from Subash Ghisingh’s party, to leave her home in the hills within a week.

A letter, the first of this sort, was personally handed over to Manikala Tamang, a former GNLF vice- chairperson of the Darjeeling Municipality, by members of the Nari Morcha yesterday at her Matardhura residence, about 10km from here.

Signed by Rohita Rai and Soma Sherpa, the president and the secretary of the Singamari unit of the Nari Morcha, the letter talks about “their compulsion to request” Tamang to leave because of “various controversies”.

The controversies have not been highlighted but sources said the Nari Morcha, the women’s wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, believes that Tamang was working against the party interest in the area and had been keeping in touch with GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh.

“Her family members can stay. We want only her to leave (read the hills),” said Sona Sherpa. When contacted over the phone, Tamang confirmed that she has received the letter. “But I feel there has been some miscommunication as people in my village know that I am only associated with social work.”

Tamang has not filed any complaint with police.In the past, too, many GNLF leaders, including Ghisingh, have been forced to leave the hills.

In most of the cases, the Morcha, which swears by the Gandhian philosophy, had maintained that it was the people of the hills and not party cadres who had forced the GNLF leaders out of the hills.

At the height of the agitation against the GNLF leaders a year ago, Tamang left her residence at the Kutchery area of town and shifted to Matardhura. But in incidents like the ouster of Kurseong MLA Shanta Chhetri, the Morcha has come out openly resisting her bid to return home.

However, this is the first time that someone has been told so explicitly in writing — the message was sent through the official letter pad of the party — to leave the hills.

The assistant secretary of the Morcha, Binay Tamang, refused to speak much on the letter. “This is an issue that has been taken up by the local unit. What can we (central committee) members say?”

General secretary Roshan Giri refused comment.




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