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Decks clear to select Gurung successor in GTA

Bimal Gurung had earlier said the GJM will participate in the GTA meeting only if its arrested leaders were released.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: August 26, 2013 2:06:33 am

Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Sunday sent invitations to members of the GTA Sabha ahead of the September 4 meeting to elect the new chief executive to succeed Bimal Gurung,who quit as the chief executive of GTA after the creation of Telangana.

“Letters to those lodged in prison were handed over by the correctional home authorities,” a government official said. After Bimal Gurung resigned from the post of GTA chief executive on July 31,GJM leadership proposed the name of Virku Biswal, but the state government rejected the proposal.

GJM leadership,which had put up a rider for releasing arrested GTA members before participating in the meeting said they had not received any response from the state government.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said at least 10 elected GTA members,arrested since the start of the fresh round of agitations,are still behind bars. Bimal Gurung had earlier said the GJM will participate in the GTA meeting only if its arrested leaders were released.

Meanwhile,normal life remained paralysed in the hills as the GJM’s indefinite stir continued. “We will conduct a meeting to review the situation on August 30,’’ Eunus Pradhan of Gorkhaland Joint Action committee told The Indian Express. Senior GJM leaders said the agitation saw an overwhelming response from the people in the hills who came out in large numbers to participate in the rallies during the day.

“The arrests are continuing unabated even after the agitation. Though the GJM has decided to respect the Calcutta High Court observations and stayed away from enforcing any strike,the state government is continuing with the arrests,” senior GJM leader Raju Pradhan said,adding the indefinite agitation will continue unless the arrested GJM leaders were released.

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