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Buddha ballot idea ‘foolish’

Jalpaiguri, Dec. 1: Former DGHC chairperson Subash Ghisingh today said chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was not treading the right path by demanding elections to the panchayats and the municipalities in the hills.

“There is no need for elections. I am saying once again that the state government should resurrect the 2005 agreement on the Sixth Schedule and only after putting it in place, should the elections be held,” Ghisingh said.

The GNLF chief said what Bhattacharjee had stated at a Left Front rally in Calcutta yesterday was “total foolishness”.

“I am warning the chief minister that what he is suggesting will not be for the betterment of the hills,” he said.

Ghisingh, who had been claiming for sometime that he would soon visit the hills, once again said: “I can go any day up to the hills to hold a GNLF rally any day now.”

It has been 21 months since Ghisingh was hounded out of the hills by supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and since then, he has been living in a rented house in the Collegepara area of town.

Today, escorted by the police, Ghisingh visited the Jalpesh and Kali temples and the palace here.

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