National Gorkhaland Committee discusses poll strategy

DARJEELING
4 Mar 2019

The National Gorkhaland Committee (NGC), a body consisting of eminent people from across the country to demand for a separate state in the Darjeeling hill on Sunday took a decision to build consensus and work on a common strategy in the 2019 elections.
The decision was arrived at after a meeting between the NGC and representatives of various political parties of the hills. After the meeting, NGC president Lieutenant General Shakti Gurung (Retd) said: “Today, we met leaders of different political parties in the hills. Our aim is to bring unity amongst each other and work on a common strategy in the Lok Sabha election, this time.” NGC which was formed in 2017 in the wake of the statehood movement and its aftermath comprises eminent people from different walks of life, like academic Mahendra P. Lama and retired senior bureaucrat Trilok Dewan.
Present in the meeting were representatives from the All India Gorkha League, Gorkha National Liberation Front, Jan Andolan Party, Gorkha Rastriya Congress, the Indian National Congress, Communist Party Revolutionary Marxist and the Sikkim Darjeeling Ekikaran Manch. “We had a one point agenda for today’s meeting with different political parties. We stressed on the need to first rise above one’s individual party interest and build consensus and plan a common strategy,” said Munish Tamang, general secretary of the NGC.
The NGC general secretary said issues like fielding candidate for the election would be discussed later and asked the various political parties to stand together united for the sake of a separate state. “Naming a candidate can be done later. It is not important as to who will take the initiative. It issue is also not which party will be promoted or benefitted. Unity at the moment is the key,” Tamang said. (EOIC)