BENGAL POLITICS IN DARJEELING & DOOARS: Rival slaps food charge on Morcha – a legacy of the GNLF revisited, proof first then charges ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Siliguri, Nov. 11: The ABGL today accused the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha of distributing foodgrain meant for the public distribution system and mid-day meal scheme to Gorkhaland Personnel in connivance with a section of contractors and government employees.
“We have information that since the formation of the GLP (a lathi-wielding squad of the party) the Morcha leaders, in association with the contractors who supply essential commodities like rice, wheat, sugar, kerosene to the PDS, are sending the foodgrain to the GLP camps, depriving common people, including those from the below the poverty line,” said Dawa Sherpa, the working president of the ABGL, at a media conference here.
“We also have data that show a huge disparity between the allotment made by the district food supply department and the quantity distributed to the people. Distribution of ration is irregular in the hills for this reason. We also suspect the involvement of some employees of the department in this racket and want the state government to investigate it,” Sherpa said.
The Morcha, however, dared Sherpa to prove his charges.
“Let Dawa Sherpa prove the allegation first and then make statements to the media,” said Harka Bahadur Chhetri, the party’s media and publicity secretary. “He himself is corrupt and has no right to point finger at others.”