“It is up to the people if they want him here or not” – Morcha
DARJEELING, April 30, 2013
Following the move of the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) chief Subash Ghisingh coming closer to the hills, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders on April 28 maintained that it was up to the people here if they would allow him to enter or not.
On April 26, Ghisingh had moved from his rented house in Jalpaiguri to another rented house at Matigara area of Siliguri under the Darjeeling district.
Ghisingh had said that he would definitely go back to the hills but on his own time.
“We have never stopped him from coming to the hills and it was the people who chased him away and similarly this time too it will depend on the people if they want him here or not. The choice of the people here is clear. They are fed up with the GNLF and its leaders which is the reason they are supporting us,” Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri, said.
Reacting to the GNLF chief maintaining that the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration was unconstitutional, Giri said, “People have rejected both the sixth schedule and Ghisingh.
That is why the issue of sixth schedule has been put in the back burner. The way forward now is GTA.”
It may be mentioned here that Ghisingh has in the past and even now advocating for sixth schedule status for this area for which a memorandum of understanding was also signed between the Centre, State and the GNLF which was the ruling party then.
On the other hand, the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist said that Ghisingh should be allowed to come in the hills. “If Ghisingh is not allowed to enter the hills then it is a violation of democracy.
Being an Indian citizen like anyone else Ghisingh also has the right to move about anywhere in the country. No one can curb anybody’s democratic and constitutional right,” CPRM spokesperson Govind Chhetri
said when asked to comment on his party’s stand on the GNLF leader’s statements.
(Courtesy: Sikkim Express)
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