GJM leader Binay Tamang appointed as chairman of new board to run Darjeeling hills

ANI | Updated: Sep 20, 2017 20:32 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], September 20 (ANI): The West Bengal Government on Wednesday appointed Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Binay Tamang as the chairman of a new board of administrators to run the Darjeeling hills.

The board comprises of nine members, including West Bengal Chief Secretary Malay Kr. De, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. Tamang's acolyte, Anit Thapa has been made the vice chairman of the board.

Also, L B Rai, Trinamool Congress councilor of Mirik municipality, Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), Man Ghising and Sanchabir Subba (GJM) are also part of the new board.

This board will govern the area that falls under the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration.

Following the unrest in Darjeeling hills, all 45 elected members of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), including its Chief Executive Bimal Gurung, had resigned from the administrative body.

GJM Leader and former Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chief Bimal Gurung had separated from this board in June. Since then, the demand for Gorkhaland in the valley began to rise again and swiftly.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for holding a meeting with GJM leaders against whom a lookout notice has been issued.

"We know that a lookout notice has been issued against some GJM leaders. It is not right to hold a meeting with them. It is a constitutional and an important post. Had I been holding this post, I would not have done it," she said while speaking at the meeting which was held in Delhi. (ANI)