GNLF protests poll security

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Kalimpong
  • Published 4.07.04
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Kalimpong, July 4: The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has condemned the security measures adopted by the administration during the recently-concluded municipal election.

In a public meeting held yesterday at Dambar Chowk, the GNLF said the security arrangement made by the government was “extreme in nature” and a ploy to restrict the movement of party members. The meeting, which was held to thank people for their support to the GNLF in the municipality election, also discussed the party’s future plan of action once the board was formed.

The GNLF’s Gorubathan area councillor, K.N. Subba, said: “We thank the people for this landslide victory. However, the action taken by the authorities against party members was uncalled for, as we had done nothing to get this sort of treatment.” According to Subba, the people who had supported Independent candidates in the municipality election had “worked against the Gorkhaland”.

The GNLF had won in 16 of the 23 wards of Kalimpong Municipality.

Dawa Pakhrin, the Kalimpong branch president of the GNLF, said the election timings had worked against the party. “In Ward No 7, around 12 persons who would have voted for us could not cast their votes because they had come after 3 pm.” Former vice-chairman of Kalimpong Municipality Dhendup Bhutia lost to People’s Democratic Front (PDF)-backed Independent candidate Norden Lama by 10 votes from this ward.

Outlining the plans that would be implemented once the municipal board is formed, Pakhrin said: “A complaint cell will be opened so that people can register their grievances. We will also see that transparency in funds transactions are maintained.”

The GNLF also felicitated party members who had contested the municipality election.