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Hill lady leader quits

Siliguri, Feb. 20: A central core committee member of the women’s wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today said she would switch to Trinamul soon as the hill party had “deviated from its basic principles and ideologies”.

Jyoti Subba is the second member of the Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha’s central core committee to announce her intention to join Trinamul.

A few months back, Namita Gautam had quit the Nari Morcha and joined Trinamul.

Subba, a resident of Chota Kakjhora in Darjeeling, said in Siliguri this afternoon: “I am one of the founder members of Nari Morcha and had been with the women’s front of the hill party for the past seven years. However, over the past few months, the Morcha leadership has unfortunately deviated from basic principles and ideologies.”

“The Morcha has resorted to dictatorship and foul politics to remain in power. Our hopes have been shattered and so I have decided to leave the Nari Morcha. Soon, I will join Trinamul which has been consistently working for the development of the hills ever since the party came to power in the state,” she added.

Subba also said the Morcha’s key demand for a separate state had taken a backseat, much to the disappointment of lakhs of people.