Darjeeling: The Darjeeling district administration has repeatedly denied permission to opposition parties from conducting election meetings in the hills. After being repeatedly denied election meeting permission, a coalition of four main political parties in the hills — Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Gorkha National Liberation Front, Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist and Bharatiya Janata Party — on Monday took out a cultural rally showcasing Gorkha unity and solidarity. They are calling it ‘Gorkha Ekta Maharally’.
Corresponding with EastMojo, a GNLF leader Arbin Subba said, “We are showcasing the fact that the hills are united, and that our blood will always be thicker than any divisive agenda set by TMC agents.”
Agreeing to the sentiments, GJM spokesperson BP Bajgain told the press, “Yesterday [Sunday], we had held a political meeting in Kurseong, and the district administration permitted TMC to conduct their political meeting only 50 metres away from our venue. Today, we asked for a rally permission at Gorkha Stadium in Lebong, but the same was denied to us. So, this is how we are showing our unity… together, we will fight against this administrative discrimination and subversion of our democratic rights.”
With voting scheduled for April 18, Darjeeling is gearing up for a major showdown between TMC and BJP, both supported by local political parties.