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GJM likely to return to GTA

‘Morcha will not remain part of joint action forum if it does so’

With a softened Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) likely to attend the meeting to elect a new Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) chief scheduled tomorrow,the Gorkhaland State Joint Action Committee (GSJAC) has said it would reject GJM if the latter decides to return to GTA.

While GJM president Bimal Gurung will take a final call on attending the GTA meet tomorrow,it is learnt most GJM central committee members and all GTA sabhasads voted in favour of the GTA recently.

“Tomorrow is the final GTA meeting for the election of the chief executive. If we refuse to take part in the election process,the government would appoint an administrator and run the GTA. Moreover,if the government wants it can bring some changes to the GTA Act as well. So,there is no point for a major political party to leave the administrative body and let it be ruled by the government. We are not in favour of handing over the GTA to the state government as it will not bode good for us. The final decision will be taken by Bimal Gurung tomorrow,” said a central committee member of GJM and a GTA sabhasad.

Meanwhile,the GSJAC has made it clear that the GJM would not remain its constituent if it joined the GTA.

“We are not an organisation which keeps changing stand. We have always maintained that the GTA must be scrapped. The GJM leaders have also agreed that the GTA is defunct as the people of the hills have rejected it . And if they attend the GTA election meeting tomorrow and join the GTA,the GJM would lose its moral right to be part of the GSJAC,” said GSJAC chairman Enos Das Pradhan.