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No quitting GTA now says Bimal Gurung

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung
Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) chief Bimal Gurung today said his party will hang on to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) “until we reach our destination.”
On the way to Darjeeling from Bagdogra airport in Siliguri, Mr Gurung said at the at Tourist Lodge here that he will run the GTA as it is instead of leaving it.
He said he made a mistake by quitting as the GTA chief earlier, “but such mistakes will not be repeated, instead, we will run the GTA as it is right now, until the Darjeeling Hills’ demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland is met.”
Mr Gurung said others are lying in wait for opportunities to grab the GTA and “they might use it against us.”
“All our efforts will be made at the centre this time to reach our final destination. The coming five years is very important. Hence, we will go forward seriously and carefully,” he added.
He said he met several central leaders, including senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, in New Delhi during his almost 10-day stay there.
Mr Gurung said that in 2009, Mr Advani had told the GJMM leadership that there is no need to take permission from the state government concerned in the creation of a new state.
“We must now let them (new BJP government at the centre) settle down properly, as we also should ensure a stable government there. We will go further on many issues with the central government after five to six months,” he said.
On his party’s three MLAs, who have already decided to quit the treasury bench in the legislative assembly and join the opposition bench,
“Mr Gurung clarified that the MLAs are not joining the opposition bench either. “Instead, all the three Hill MLAs have been sked to manage an independent bench.”

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