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GNLF Kurseong rally shifted to Tindharay citing traffic glitch

Kurseong : The Gorkha National Liberation Front will not stage its proposed rally in Kurseong town Saturday as the administration has denied permission. GNLF Kurseong branch president Nima Lama told reporters the party will not take out a rally as was announced earlier given the objection from the police and administration. The police have cited traffic congestion in the already crowded thoroughfares of town for denying permission. However, barring the national highway (Hill Cart Road), the GNLF has been permitted to take out rallies in other areas of town. Rebuffed by the administration, the party has altogether abandoned its rally plan in Kurseong and has shifted the venue to Tindharay.

Nevertheless, Lama said the GNLF has consented to the administration’s directive just this once and will definitely hold its rallies and demonstrations right in the heart of Kurseong, of course by seeking due permission. The GNLF had planned rallies both in Kurseong and Darjeeling last Saturday but the day coincided with the visit of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and had to be abandoned, However, Kalimpong witnessed a GNLF rally that particular day as Banerjee’s itinerary did not include a visit to that picturesque town. The GNLF has become active with a new-found zeal and has started demanding the reinstatement of the now-defunct DGHC and according the Sixth Schedule status to the Darjeeling hills.

The party’s “DGHC pharkau, Darjeeling bachau” slogan is based on the assertion that the council is a constitutional body unlike the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. Weekends, or Saturdays and Sundays, have been kept aside especially to espouse these demands, in urban areas on Saturdays and in the tea garden areas on Sundays. Lama also informed Shahid Diwas this year, observed every July 27, will be hosted by Longview Tea Estate under the aegis of the GNLF Kurseong branch. The martyrs’ day is to pay tribute to some 1,200 people who gave up their lives for the cause of statehood back in 1986.

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