AIGL quits GMCC, TMC eyes a comeback in hills

Tue, Sep 12, 2017

DARJEELING: The All India Gorkha League (AIGL) today said it was withdrawing from the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) claiming that the committee has been unsuccessful.
The GMCC is an umbrella organisation of 13 different political and apolitical bodies formed to take the Gorkhaland Statehood movement forward.
“A central committee meeting was held today where it was decided that AIGL will withdraw from GMCC. The GMCC is only playing a second fiddle to the GJM and till no programme of the GMCC has been successful. Even when delegations are sent to Delhi, they pick and choose whom to send without any consultation,” said AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati.
The AIGL is also not attending the all-party meeting called by the State government at Siliguri on Friday.
“The Morcha and the GNLF will attend the meeting as the onus lies on them. They had initiated the dialogues and so it is their obligation to go. We did not get a written invitation to attend the meeting but our party was invited over phone. We will not go as whoever is serious about the cause of Gorkhaland should not attend it as a khichadi is being cooked there,” said Khati.
Meanwhile, the TMC (Hills) is gearing to make comeback in the hills. The party was inactive in the hills ever since the Gorkhaland agitation started in June. The party also lost a large number of supporters and many leaders who joined the GJM and GNLF during this period.
The TMC office here, closed since June 8, was opened briefly today. The office had been set on fire during the agitation.
“We had remained silent for some time leaving the way for others looking at the sentiments of the people towards Gorkhaland. Houses of our supporters were vandalised or torched and they were also threatened,” said TMC (Hills) president Rajen Mukhia.
TMC is ready to bring development if it is what people want, said Mukhia. We have nothing to say if a democratic agitation for Gorkhaland is done but there should be peace and normalcy in the hills, he added.
Mukhia said the TMC will hold different programmes in the hills. The dates will depend on the all-party meeting taking place tomorrow at Siliguri, he said.