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Kalimpong District Demand Committee formed

MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri
MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri championing the demand for a separate Kalimpong district said a road map would be chalked out to take forward the cause only after feeling the pulse of the people.
On Saturday, the MLA formed the District Demand Committee (DDC) in Kalimpong. The committee constitutes representatives from the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM), the Hill Congress and Gorkhaland Rastriya Nirman Morcha (GRNM) and different organizations.
Chhetri resigned from the GJM party on September 18 in Kolkata. Apparently, the MLA was not happy with the unilateral decision of GJM president Bimal Gurung to ask the three Hills MLAs to resign, to protest state government interference in the functioning of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
The former GJM spokesperson however refused to resign as a MLA to take up the Kalimpong district issue. Darjeeling MLA Trilok Dewan resigned both from the party and as a legislator. However, Rohit Sharma from Kurseong was the only one to toe the party line.
The DDC members will visit villages in Kalimpong and also organize a public meeting on October 16 to garner people’s support. “As part of our awareness program we will first go to different villages and talk to people about our demand. This we will do in three days after which we will hold a public meeting Kalimpong town,” Chhetri said, today. He added, “The response from people so far is good, however only after the public meeting will we chalk out the road map to take forward our demand”.
The Committee will visit places like Jholay, Gairibas, Tode-Tangta, Samsing, Kumai, Gorubathan, Lava, Pedong, Gitabling, Kafer, Singhchi and Mungsong.
Asked about his former party also taking up the Kalimpong and five other districts demand, the MLA said, “They (GJM) should set politics aside and join, to attain the common demand. However, it is also true that GJM’s demand for other districts may have a negative effect on ours”.
Chhetri appealed to people and social organizations from the Darjeeling and Kurseong sub-divisions to lend support to the Kalimpong district demand. (EOIC)

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