STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Kurseong, 4 September
To show that its clout has remained unscathed despite the ruling party&’s boast of winning the heart of the Hills across the ethnic spectrum, the GJMM has staged a huge rally in Kalimpong town ~ the place where the chief minister had addressed the Lepcha congregation yesterday.
Braving the inclement weather, thousands of people, mostly members of the GJMM&’s affiliates, took part, reaffirming their resolve to get on with their identity/statehood struggle through sloganeering.
Meanwhile, All India Tamang Buddhist Association (AITBA) has issued a press release today that says that one of its portfolio members and general secretary, Mr Sanjay Moktan has been expelled for his
having met the chief
minister and submitted a memorandum to her yesterday in Kalimpong without having collected consent from the outfit&’s central committee.
Mr Moktan purportedly supported the CM for her crusade for development on behalf of Tamang Youth Association, an outfit working for the uplift of the youths belonging to the Scheduled Tribe community that is a part of the generic Gorkha group.
The AITBA president, Mr Bimal Zimba, in his press release, stated that his outfit stands for
bifurcating Bengal to carve out Gorkhaland.
“Mr Moktan has betrayed the cause. He had made such mistakes earlier too. But we refrained from taking action in the larger interests of the
Association. Today, we have expelled him and we would not take responsibility for what he says in the future,” he added in the release.
Notably, the CM had said in her speech in Kalimpong that some Tamang youths had approached her and submitted a memorandum. "The state government is ready to work for their
development", she added.