West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a five-day visit to North Bengal, has called for elections to establish a new Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) in the hills.
“I want the GTA elections to be held in May-June,” the chief minister said. We have requested the Center to implement a three-tier rural body system so that we can select a three-tier rural body in the hilly areas. Only Roshan Giri of GJM’s Bimal Gurung group said they would give advice, others are willing to vote. Ajay Edwards of Hamro Party also said that they will support this. They want peace and prosperity. Now Darjeeling is full of tourists. ”
Banerjee spoke to locals in Darjeeling on Monday and was also seen embracing a child. He was also seen helping an elderly woman walking down the street.
His visit to North Bengal is significant as the Chief Minister on Monday met representatives of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha of India.
Harka Bahadur of the Republican Party wants elections, but GJM Bimal Gurung and the BJP do not want elections, he said.
“We want a lasting solution,” Giri said. We do not support the BJP. “
In 1988, after the formation of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, Darjeeling Hills got a two-tier panchayat system. Siliguri subdivision council was formed in the style of district council for rural areas of Siliguri subdivision and was kept out of the control of DGHC. In the Darjeeling hills, the last panchayat elections were held in 2000.
After the Trinamool’s landslide victory in the North Bengal civic elections, Banerjee assured the people of Siliguri that he would return to the region, as his next goal was to win the Siliguri sub-divisional council elections.
On Sunday, Banerjee attended an event in Siliguri where he spoke about his government’s social welfare projects. The Chief Minister will go to Uttarkanya on March 31 before leaving for Kolkata the next day.
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