West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that the elections to Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) will be held after the general elections in 2019.
Speaking at Chowrasta on the occasion of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary yesterday, Mamata said that her government will try to explore a permanent solution to hill aspirations by reviewing the GTA accord. She also hinted that the GTA elections will be held after the Lok Sabha elections.
“Before the next GTA election, which will happen after the Lok Sabha polls, we will review the Darjeeling (GTA) Accord. We want to explore whether something more effective can be done” she said.
The MoU for the creation of GTA was signed on July 18, 2011 at Pintail village near Siliguri in the presence of then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders. It was signed by state Home Secretary G D Gautama, Union Home Ministry Joint Secretary K K Pathak and GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.
Yesterday, however Mamata said, “…We want a permanent solution so that development of the Hills is not hampered.”
Speaking on the non-inclusion of 11 Gorkha sub-communities in the Scheduled Tribe list, Banerjee stated: “We have already sent our endorsement to the Centre. However, it is not doing anything. If a new government comes to the Centre, we will definitely do the needful.”