GNLF demands revival of the DGHC

Emerging out of its self-imposed silence, the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) is all set to press for its various demands and stage programmes across the hills. Among the party’s principal demands is the revival of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), a constitutionally approved autonomous body, till the Sixth Schedule status is achieved.

Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF)
Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF)

Talking to reporters today, GNLF Kurseong branch spokesperson Daya Dewan said the party held its branch meeting here Thursday afternoon where members were updated on upcoming strategies approved of recently by the senior and central leaderships.

He said it has been decided the GNLF will demand the revival of the DGHC until the Sixth Schedule Bill is passed in both Houses of Parliament. Dewan noted the DGHC was a constitutional body set up on August 22, 1988 through a tripartite agreement between the central and state governments and the GNLF. He added the current Gorkhaland Territorial Administration is an unconstitutional body and it should be scrapped at the earliest.

Further, the GNLF leader said the party has plans to hold meetings and other political programmes across the hills from the last week of this month to press for its demands. The central leadership of the party will also interact with both the central and state governments over the matter.

“We have already published pamphlets and posters on the issue and they will be pasted all across the hills within this week,” informed Dewan, adding only the Sixth Schedule status would secure the land and identity of the Gorkha community.

The GNLF had supported TMC candidate Bhaichung Bhutia from Darjeeling in the Lok Sabha polls to promote its demand.

Source: EOI

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