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3 GJM MLAs to resign on Sept 23 to oppose CM's non co-operation

DARJEELING : In an important political development, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling has announced on Saturday that all it's three MLAs from the Hills will resign from the West Bengal Legislative Assembly (WBLA) on September 23 to oppose Mamata Banerjee government's non c o-operation with them in running the administration in the Hills. Once these MLAs resign from the state legislature, Mamata will definitely be under pressure from the Gorkhas in Darjeeling to carry forward her development activities for the Hill people. The GJM had won all the three assembly seats from Darjeeling Hills---Kalimpong, Kurseong and Darjeeling during 2011 assembly elections and had given support to the BJP in last year's parliamentary polls when BJP nominee S.S.Alhuwaliah had won the Darjeeling lok sabha seat. Interestingly, the GJM has announced their decision to quit the state Assembly just two days before chief minister's visit to Darjeeling. 

Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to visit Darjeeling for four days from Monday and before her visit, the GJM has announced their action plan to mount pressure on her government. The GJM MLA from Kalimpong, Harka Bahadur Chhetry told on Saturday that "Our leadership met on Friday and decided to quit the state legislative assembly as a mark of protest against the state government which is not co-operating with the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) in running administration in the Hills. We have been instructed by our leadership to step down from the state legislature on September 23." For the past few months, the GJM was trying to mount pressure on Mamata Banerjee's government which has transferred a number of government departments to the GTA, but is yet to hand over all the departments to the autonomous Gorkha body which runs administration in Darjeeling Hills. 

 The GJM is also very much displeased with Mamata Banerjee as she has already formed a number of development councils and boards for the Lepchas, Tamangs and other tribes in the Hills. A senior GJM leader told ET on condition of anonymity that by creating such development councils, the chief minister was trying to bring a split among the Hill people in order to strengthen her own political party Trinamool Congress in Darjeeling. By announcing it's decision to quit the state Assembly, the GJM is actually trying to thwart chief minister's move to bring a split among Hill people before next year's assembly elections. A senior Trinamool Congress leader said on Saturday that the chief minister might take up the issue with the GJM leadership during her visit to Darjeeling from Monday.

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