GJM to take part in local body polls
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 25, 2010, 18:55
Darjeeling: In a climb-down from its earlier stand, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has decided to hold municipal and panchayat elections before setting up of the Gorkha Regional Authority.

"We are ready to go for the local body elections if it is held within the next one and a half months," GJM media secretary Harka bahadur Chetri told reporters at Bagdogra airport today.

The West Bengal government had expressed the need for local body elections in the Darjeeling hills first before taking up the matter of setting up an interim authority.

Chetri said that panchayat and municipality poll results would decide the ratio of political representation in the proposed authority.

However, Chetri was doubtful if the state government would be able to conduct the poll in time, as the civic body election was a state subject.

GJM president Bimal Gurung in a press conference in Darjeeling said his party was hopeful about the formation of an interior council soon.

"We have discussed the matter in detail with political leaders in New Delhi," he said.

The state's urban development minister Ashok Bhattacharya said in Siliguri that the matter would be discussed in the next tripartite meeting.


First Published: Saturday, December 25, 2010, 18:55

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