GNLF strike to stall meet

Kalimpong, Aug. 29: Like in Mirik on Sunday, the GNLF has called a 12-hour bandh in Pedong, 25km from here, on Friday to derail the ABGL meeting in the area.

Local GNLF leader Roshan Lama said the bandh was being called for two reasons: first, to foil the meeting, and second, to protest against the alleged disparaging remark made by ABGL president Madan Tamang about GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh in Mirik.

Undeterred by the GNLF posturing, the ABGL said it would go ahead with the meeting, which is likely to be addressed among others by Tamang.

The meeting is part of the ABGL’s on-going campaign to expose the alleged lies being perpetuated by the GNLF about the granting of Sixth Schedule status to the hills.

“It is for the administration to maintain law and order. We have decided to go ahead with the meeting,” said Tribhuwan Rai, the secretary of the ABGL’s Kalimpong unit.

The ABGL meeting is scheduled to be held at the haat ghar in Pedong. PDF leader Norden Lama said he would attend the meeting to uphold democracy.

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