Binay Tamang says S. S. Ahluwalia has lost moral right to visit Darjeeling Hills; Asks him to apologize or resign
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THE HIMALAYAN BEACON DARJEELING NEWS BUREAU
DARJEELING, 17 FEBRUARY 2018: Binay Tamang, Chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration and President, Gorkha Janmukti Morch has hinted that there could be mass protest on Darjeeling Member of Parliament and Union Minister S. S. Ahluwalia’s scheduled visit to Darjeeling. Ahluwalia is scheduled to inaugurate the Passport Centre at Siliguri and may visit Darjeeling though it is not confirmed.
Tamang leveled him as ‘Tourist MP’ saying, “We have heard that our tourist MP SS Ahluwalia will be visiting his constituency after 8 months. When people in the hills needed him the most, he preferred to remain a mute spectator in Delhi. Thus he has lost the moral right to return to the hills.”
Alhuwalia had won the Lok Sabha seat from Darjeeling Constituency on BJP ticket with massive support from the GJM. However, with a split in the GJM and the marked absence of Alhuwalia during the 2017 agitation, the present GJM headed by Binay Tamang has been strongly against the BJP.
Tamang said, “People of Darjeeling made him an MP and that’s how he became a minister but he has done nothing for the people here. All through the days of the agitation, he kept himself busy in Delhi and never spoke out to in favour of his people to bring peace in the area.”
Tamang also took pot shots at the union minister for the acute water crisis in Darjeeling. “He is the minister for drinking water yet his own constituency is reeling under severe water crisis,” he said.
The Morcha president who is also the chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) demanded an unconditional apology from the MP.
“Rather than coming back he should step down and apologise or else he should be prepared to face protests if he visits Darjeeling,” Tamang warned.