Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief and chief executive of Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) seemed to have followed the ‘Mamata model’ while distributing portfolios in the newly formed body having kept as many as nine key departments with himself.
When Mamata came to power, she retained most of the important departments — barring finance — to ensure that she could monitor those herself.
The nine departments vested with Gurung include finance, planning and development, and tourism.
After a high-level meeting Tuesday, Gurung distributed portfolios to 14 executive members of GTA. Significantly, Roshan Giri, who had been Number II in the GJM leadership and the outfit’s general secretary, has been allocated the School Education department.
A disappointed Giri said: “Several senior leaders have been awarded more than one departments. Moreover, all the important departments are lying with our chief Bimal Gurung. I will try to fulfill my responsibilities towards the GTA.”
While Giri is being increasingly sidelined in the party and GTA, several other senior leaders in GJM have been given prominence.
Binay Tamang, another senior leader of GJM, has been assigned seven departments, including Information and Cultural Affairs department, GTA establishment board, cable TV regulations, theatre and drama and printing establishment. Col Ramesh Alley, who has appointed the deputy chief executive of GTA, has been given charge of Sainik Board, Youth and Sports Affairs.
The three core committee women members of the Gorkha Nari Morcha, too, were allocated portfolios today. Asha Gurung, wife of Bimal Gurung, has been given health while Urmila Rumba and Prabha Chetri, two senior core committee members of Nari Morcha, have also been given portfolios. Asha said: “I am happy that Nari Morcha leaders have been awarded for their ceaseless efforts.”
Meanwhile, a high-level meeting was held at the Writer's Buildings today where the transfer of power in the GTA and its modalities were reportedly discussed. The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Soumitra Mohan amongst others.