Reinstate the DGHC to save Darjeeling - GNLF

GNLF to streets with Reinstate the DGHC to save Darjeeling demand
The Gorkha National Liberation Front is expected to hit the streets of the Darjeeling hills next week with the slogan ‘DGHC pharkau, Darjeeling bachau’ (Reinstate the DGHC to save Darjeeling).
Emerging out of its silence, the GNLF plans to press stage a number of programmes across the hills demanding the reinstatement of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, a constitutionally recognised autonomous body, until the Sixth Schedule status is granted to the hills.
The GNLF contends that the GTA is not a constitutional body unlike the DGHC. Rallies will be staged across urban areas of the Darjeeling hills on Saturday mornings, while tea garden areas will do likewise on Sunday evenings, said GNLF sources.
They said the programmes have been chalked-out by the party’s senior leadership and the various branch committees will soon host their respective meetings and officially flag-off the programmes. The GNLF will also write to the administration seeking permission for the programmes.
Advocating for the DGHC and the Sixth Schedule status for the Darjeeling hills, GNLF activists distributed pamphlets Wednesday in Kalimpong. The party’s central leadership will also write to the central and state governments on the issues.
The GNLF says until the Sixth Schedule bill is passed in both houses of Parliament, the DGHC should be reinstated in the Darjeeling hills. This constitutional body had been considered and agreed upon on August 22, 1988 in a tripartite agreement between the central and state governments and the GNLF. The party further asserts that only through the Sixth Schedule will the land and identity of the Gorkha community be secure. (EOIC)

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