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Gurung for DGHC repeal

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 7, 2009

KURSEONG, 6 SEPT(The Statesman): In what can be called a calculated move to pressurise the Centre and the state government, the GJMM chief Mr Bimal Gurung has asked for an immediate repeal of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council and called on the chairmen and vice-chairmen of all the hill-based civic bodies to step down by tomorrow. He addressed a well-attended meeting at Chowk Bazar in Darjeeling today.
These apart, the GJMM’s paramount leader appealed to all the ethnic communities residing in the Hills to show solidarity of purpose by donning traditional attires during the coming festive season spanning from 25 September to 25 October. He also issued a diktat asking the government employees to actively participate in public programmes to advance the cause of Gorkhaland. The GJMM would organise a string of public meetings across the hills to rejuvenate the popular statehood demand.
“These meetings would remain focused on scrapping the DGHC, the principal stumbling block in the direction of realizing the age old collective reverie. The Centre and the state government must do away with the discredited institution, otherwise all endeavour to win back the confidence of the Hill people would prove futile,” he said.
Mr Gurung asked the government employees, both regular and casual, to wear black bands on their arms from tomorrow till 21 December, the date fixed for the next round of tripartite dialogue, in order to display solidarity behind the DGHC scrapping demand.
Mr Gurung further said that if the state government wanted to transfer the motor vehicle department (RTO) from Darjeeling to Siliguri it must take back all the departments including police down in Siliguri lock, stock and barrel.
“We would open and establish our own departments in the hills and these would frame laws in keeping with our peculiar requirements,” he added.

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