In a shocking statement Jan Andolan Party Chief Dr. Harka Bahadur Chettri has said that a separate 3-teir panchayat elections could be held in the newly formed Kalimpong district, as he has claimed that JAP has no objection to keep Kalimpong district out of the purview of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration.
According to Himalaya Darpan, JAP has already submitted a memorandum mentioning the same to Bengal Chief Secretary.
Speaking to the Press, Dr. Chettri said, “there is no problem in holding a 3-teir Panchayat elections in Kalimpong… if we have to get Kalimpong out of GTA set-up, JAP has no problem…”
Though Dr. Chettri accepted that keeping Kalimpong out of the purview of GTA was not immediately possible, he said, “there are 13 GTA Sabhasads in Kalimpong region, so there is no problem in taking Kalimpong out of GTA set up.”
Dr. Chettri further claimed, “since Section 243(M) of the constitution applies to Darjeeling district, once the Kalimpong district is formed there won’t be any impediments due to it… while other parties may talk about Gorkhaland, we are more concerned with development… and that is our main focus.”
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