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GNLF takes out rally for sixth schedule status in Kurseong

Kurseong : The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), on Sunday felicitated 13 of its supporters who have been working in the GTA as casual workers (erstwhile DGHC casual workers) with khadas (traditional scarf), at the Kurseong Motor Stand here. According to the GNLF, the workers had allegedly been transferred to other places and GTA departments in the hills, by the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) led GTA sabha and its leadership under a political vendetta. The felicitation ceremony was conducted in presence of hundreds of GNLF supporters, who had gathered for a GNLF rally to press for the demand of immediately implementing the sixth schedule status for the Darjeeling hills. Talking to reporters, GNLF spokesperson, Daya Dewan said that they had filed a case earlier in Kolkata High court against the issue of transferring the 13 workers, and claimed that the court had recently announced a verdict in favour of them. 

He added that after the verdict, the workers have been re-transferred to their previous positions, and hence to acknowledge the victory, they were felicitated on Sunday. Notably, compared to the recent GNLF rallies, a large increase in the number of participating people was seen in Sunday's march. Dewan said that their central leadership held a meeting in Darjeeling to chalk out further programs of the party on Sunday, when asked about the party's plan on future political activities. "Besides this, a GNLF delegation will leave for Delhi from Darjeeling on 4 October, to meet the central leadership in demand for a sixth schedule status for the Darjeeling hills," he added. The GNLF spokesperson informed that another rally will be organized by the party in Kurseong on Sunday by the party's women wing, with various women supporters from all around the Hills participating in it. Criticising the GJMM, Dewan said that the GJMM mislead the people of the Darjeeling hills for personal benefits, in the name of demanding 'Gorkhaland'. He added that their doubts over misappropriation of GTA funds have been strengthened by former GJMM leader, and Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chettri's recent statements with similar allegations. He said that the GNLF will soon submit memorandums to the Darjeeling district magistrate, and the various sub divisional and block divisional officers in the region, demanding a high level enquiry into the utilisation of funds for GTA undertaken projects. 

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