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ABGL meet fails to get permission

Darjeeling, Dec. 19: The ABGL has been denied permission by the district administration, which has cited law and order problems, to hold a public meeting here on December 23.

However, another 'victory celebration' of the GNLF will be held at Chowrastha on the same day.

Subash Ghisingh's party had yesterday warned the ABGL, a member of the PDF ' an Opposition coalition ' against holding public meetings that would only 'vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the hills'. Questions have been raised about whether a similar step will be taken against the GNLF. A source said the party has not yet sought the administration's permission for its meet. 'It will be done within a couple of days,' he added. As the district administration's decision had not been made public till late this evening, most people feel that the GNLF move ' till yesterday it had no plans to hold the celebrations ' is a ploy to derail the ABGL meeting. In fact, a GNLF celebration has been scheduled at Vah-Tukvar for January 1.

The ABGL, however, seems to have got the hint. 'I have not yet got any formal letter denying us permission, but I know what the decision will be,' said Madan Tamang, the ABGL president. He alleged that the threat issued by the GNLF had been the reason for permission not being given. 'Till Saturday, the local police had no objections, but suddenly it seems to have a lot of problems,' he added.

Rajeev Mishra, the Darjeeling superintendent of police, said 'permission for such events is not given by the police department'.

Repeated efforts to contact the district magistrate failed.

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