Constituent quits before crucial GJAC meet, Mamata makes appeal
Darjeeling: In another blow to the GJM-led eight party GJAC in Darjeeling, a constituent quit on the eve of the hill platform`s crucial meeting tomorrow, even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday made a fresh appeal for restoration of normalcy in the hills.
The chief minister, in a concession to the GJM which has been observing an indefinite shut down in the hills, also said that the appointment as CEO of a nominated member of the hill council, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, could be considered.
Nima Lama, president of the constituent, Gorkha Rashtriya Congress, informed the GJM-led Gorkha Joint Action Committee, "We realised that it was a wrong platform for us, because our demand is not Gorkhaland. We have been fighting for the unification of Darjeeling with Sikkim."
It was the second constituent to quit after the All India Gorkha League walked out on August 17, just a day after the formation of the GJAC.
Tomorrow`s meeting called by the GJAC would consider the written views of 147 hill organisations on whether to continue the shut down, whether schools and colleges and government offices would be allowed to reopen and also the arrest of GJM leaders and supporters, which has crossed the 800 mark.
The meeting would also decide whether, the three GJM MLAs Harka Bahadur Chetri, T K Dewan and Rohit Sharma, would resign from the state Assembly.
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