22nd June 2016 Gorkha National Liberation Front president Mann Ghising has taken sides with Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress in a bid to outmaneuver Gorkha Janamukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung in the hills.
The GNLF, which almost but disappeared even before the death of Subash Ghising, has been struggling to revive itself, and now with their party president meeting Mamata at Nabanna, supporters see a glimpse of the GNLF gaining some popularity.
Mann was welcomed in a grand way by party supporters when he landed at Bagdogra airport yesterday afternoon. Speaking to reporters, he said his meeting with the chief minister was very cordial and they discussed several issues such as development of the hills including roads and solving the drinking water problem.
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Pic: Bikram Shasankar
Mann led a six-member delegation and met the chief minister on Monday for the first time at Nabanna. The meeting lasted for nearly an hour and discussions included granting tribal status to 11 hill communities, the present closed state of NH 55, jobs for voluntary teachers who have given an ultimatum to the GTA chief executive, and the pathetic situation of tea gardens in the hills, the Terai and Dooars