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In another reconciliatory move, GJM MLAs won’t sit with Oppn

In another placatory gesture,the GJM Monday resumed work at the hill council ahead of Mamata’s visit to the hills

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 22, 2013 3:35:41 am

In a reconciliatory move by the GTA ahead of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s four day visit to the hills,three Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) MLAs Monday said they would be sitting with the Treasury bench.

In a letter addressed to the Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee,the three MLAs — Rohit Sharma,Harka Bahadur Chettri and Trilok Dewan — informed that they would sit with the treasury and not with the Opposition.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung had earlier told the Speaker that the party MLAs would not sit with ruling party legislators.

Meanwhile,in another placatory gesture,the GJM Monday resumed work at the hill council ahead of Mamata’s visit to the hills.

Pending work was taken up during the day at the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA),which remained non-functional almost for three months in the aftermath of agitation and demands for the GJM to quit,its vice-chairman Lobsang Yolmo said.

The GTA,which remained headless since GJM president Bimal Gurung resigned as CEO July 30 and his successor Binay Tamang was arrested,also decided to hand over responsibilities to deputy chief Ramesh Allay.

“Till Binay Tamang is released,the GTA Sabha on October 23 or 24 will appoint Ramesh Allay and hand over the responsibility of CEO in the presence of Principal Secretary,R D Meena,” Yolmo said.

He recalled that when the GTA Sabha appointed Tamang as the new CEO September 27,a resolution was adopted demanding his immediate release along with other GTA members.

He conceded that the GJM’s demand that the state Governor should swear-in the new CEO was not responded to by the state government.

Mamata would leave for Siliguri today and meet with the members of Lepcha community October 23. On October 24,she would be addressing the first ever TMC rally in Darjeeling and meet the MLAs. “They wanted to meet me and I have agreed,” she had said at the Writers’.

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