PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 15 Mar 2014: The sub-divisional branch of Gorkha National Liberation Front today held an interactive workers meeting here at Ramkrishna Rangamancha. This was the first large-scale political meeting GNLF has held here after reforming its Kalimpong committee. Despite Lok Sabha elections being just a month away, the leaders chose to skip the topic while addressing the gathering and focused on their long standing demand for sixth schedule.
Branch president Maurice Kalikotay and leaders like Roshan Lama, Anil Lopchan, Sanjay Lama, Taramani Chettri and others stressed on patience, discipline and peaceful politics. The meeting also addressed by women wing branch president Sang Lamu Sherpa, advisors Gayatri Mukhia and Herakumari Tamang, student leaders Vivel Rasaily and Alka Tamang among others.
Kalikotay urged the party workers to expand and strengthen the party in both the rural and urban areas. “We must send a strong message of our resurgence in the hill politics. We must win people’s faith that GNLF can give them political security and direction,” he stressed.
Branch assistant secretary Anil Lopchan asserted on the demand for sixth schedule saying, “Taking a proper look at the complex history and geographical location of Darjeeling, Gorkhaland is more possible through sixth schedule than section 3A of the constitution.”
He also rubbished the allegations that sixth schedule would divide the Gorkha community and called it to be misleading. “Once all the sub-communities living here are granted the ST status where does the question of division arise? Aren’t the mushrooming demands for development boards already breaking the community?” Lopchan questioned. “The truth is the communities are going for development boards because of their dissatisfaction with the GTA,” he pointed out.
Lopchan batted for peaceful politics in the hills and said the party will not think of taking revenge on GJM for all the violence meted out to its supporters. He urged the party workers to move ahead with GNLF chief Subash Ghising’s ideology and agenda.
006: Maurice Kalikotay addressing the GNLF meeting in Kalimpong on Saturday.
007: GNLF supporters outside Ramakrishna Rangamancha.
Text and Photo by: EOI
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