Hill party unite to press for panchayat elections

Mukesh Sharma
Kalimpong, 29th April
Jan Andolan Party which conveyed a all party meeting today was attended by three party CPIM. Akhil Bhartiya Gorkha League and Hill TMC.
The meeting discuss about the different aspect of program to give pressure to government for Holding Panchayat election which has been not done here from 2005.
ABGL Vice President Laxman Pradhan and Biplav Rai, Tara Sundas , Ravi Pradhan from CPIM , Tshering Sherpa and Peter Khawas from Hill TMC along with JAP president Dr Harka Bahadur Chhetri, Secretary Nayan Pradhan , party leader Yusuf Simick , Nawraj Gurung etc were present in the meeting .

The meeting have formed a committee named Panchayat Election Demand Committee which will be coordinated by Nayan Pradhan and Laxman Pradhan informed Nayan Pradhan .
Tara Sundas CPIM Leader announcing the program decided by Meet said that one single party can’t win the issue so a collective platform was needed which we formed today to press and raise the demand for Panchayat Election.He said on 3rd May all political parties representative will meet Darjeeling District magistrate and will be protest against not holding of election since 2005. One the same day we will meet Principal Secretary of GTA. He said after that we will be going for a signature campaign in all 112 Gram Panchayat which we will send to State and submit to Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwaliya requesting him to take the issue to Centre. 
The meeting also decided to hold a seminar with expert participation to see the different aspect of holding the election will also be organised in future informed Nayan Pradhan.

Laxman Pradhan of ABGL said "Panchayat areas covered in GTA region is more than that of Municipality area.The lack of panchayats has affected many areas, especially the rural sector where overall development and benefits through panchayat system are yet to reach". From 2005 it is stagnant. To represent people aspiration we will collectively throw the program to press demand for holding of Panchayat Election.
Pradhan said The Three Tier of Panchayat polls must be done by amending Art 243(m) of DGHC act which gave DGHC strength of Full fledged Panchayat in Darjeeling earlier and now GTA . This may delay the process as amending process may take long time. So we demand holding of two tier election now and collectively will continuously press the demand for constitutional amendment.

Meanwhile Darjeeling Hill TMC Leader Tshering Sherpa too said that Panchayati Raj implementation is very important. To take out a small certificate the masses have to suffer. Not only this development also been hindered. The state  government have to ensure as to which law which tier the panchayat election must be held. He said the party from its behalf will too be sending memorandums. 

Dr Chettri addressing the press said Gorkha Rastriya Congress who did not attend the meet had assured that it will join any program which the today meeting decided. GNLF who have assured to send a representative did not reach in the meet. Dr Chetri said until and unless we don’t reach our target the collective leadership will work. We will resolve important issue one by one.

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