Kalimpong, Aug. 29: A former DGHC councillor from Gorubathan said he was ready to leave his home town if it helped the statehood cause after the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha served an ultimatum asking him to quit the hills.
“They asked me to leave and I have obliged. This is my way of extending support to the Morcha,” said K.N. Subba, the former GNLF councillor.
Subba had left Gorubathan, 65km from here, a day after a Morcha supporter was killed in Darjeeling allegedly by a shot fired from a GNLF leader’s house on July 25. “Even though I have always been a strong supporter of Gorkhaland, I am not attached to any political party right now,” Subba said over the phone.
The local units of the Morcha and its youth and women’s wings had pasted a notice on one of the two houses owned by Subba in Gorubathan on Wednesday, asking him and his family to leave the place within 96 hours. “We served him the notice since in all these years of being a councillor, Subba did nothing but abuse the rights of the people,” said Mahendra Rai, a local Morcha leader.
Subba’s wife, however, is still living in Gorubathan. “She has been pleading with the Morcha wing to allow her to stay,” said a source.