CM asks Ghisingh to resign within 10 days

Statesman News Service

SILIGURI, Feb. 29: The state urban development minister Mr Asok Bhattacharya today said here that chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has asked the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council caretaker administrator Mr Subash Ghisingh to resign from the DGHC within ten days.

Regarding the deadlock over the Sixth Schedule Bill, the minister, said that the state government would try its best to have it passed in Parliament during the ongoing Budget Session.

The Left Front allies are, however, not satisfied with the development on Mr Ghisingh. “The state government should have asked the GNLF chief to step down much earlier,” The LF allies said collectively.Reaffirming the state’s commitment to have the Sixth Schedule Bill for the DGHC passed in the Parliament Mr Asok Bhattacharya, said that Sixth Schedule Bill for the DGHC would not hang in balance forever. “The delay on the part of the Centre in presenting the proposed Bill before the Parliament resulted in the deadlock,” he added.

The principal Left Front constituents, on the other hand, again slammed the state government for the stalemate over the Sixth Schedule issue.

DGHC chief to comply

Succumbing to the persistent demand of his agitating rivals, the GNLF chief Mr Subash Ghisingh has decided to resign as the caretaker administrator of the DGHC which he ruled since 1989.

Mr Ghisingh, who is at the Gorkha Bhawan in New Delhi, would tender his resignation after returning to Darjeeling any day now. According to Mr D Kaushal, protocol officer at the Gorkha Bhawan, New Delhi, Mr Ghsingh decided to put down his papers following a request by the West Bengal chief minister on Thursday. This morning, the 72-year old politician finally decided to resign and intimated his aides accordingly. While disclosing the crucial decision, Mr Ghisingh told his close circle that he was “never hungry” for power. Peace and general well being of the hills had always been his priority, he said.“If the Opposition feels I can manipulate the hill council elections as the caretaker administrator, I would better resign. But be sure, the GNLF would again win the hill council elections with huge public mandate and would be back in power,” Mr Kaushal, said quoting Mr Ghisingh. Meanwhile, even after deciding to quit, the GNLF chief today met the Union Home minister Mr Shivraj Patil and the external affairs minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee over the Darjeeling Sixth Schedule Bill (Constitutional amendment), which now hangs in balance.

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