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Sat, 21 Oct 2017

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Darjeeling Crisis: Sikkim TMC Chief, General Secretary Resign

Darjeeling Crisis: Sikkim TMC Chief, General Secretary Resign
June 19
16:00 2017

Amid tremendous political crisis, Sikkim Trinamool Congress president and general secretary — PT Lucksom and Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha respectively resigned from the party in support of creation of separate state of Gorkhaland.

Post resigning, GS Wangchuk Lepcha said, “I joined as TMC party state general secretary, along with former deputy chief minister PT Lucksom as state unit president on 2013 and since then I have been doing my duty following the cause of the people of Sikkim. I I completed three years and have worked wholeheartedly as an opposition party in Sikkim.”

He further stated that off late some events occurred in Darjeeling, where people were shot at and killed.

“I had requested Derek O’Brien, Rajya Sabha MP, for restoring peace in the hills and suspend the police who fired at the innocent and unarmed citizens in Darjeeling. But there was no positive response,” he said in a statement issued to the media.

Lepcha further informed that he had also informed Sudip Bandhopadhyay, TMC MP Lok Sabha, regarding Darjeeling’s people long demand to which there was no reply.

“So as a mark of protest of murder of three innocent people and Darjeeling’s people demand for separate state, I tender my resignation from the post of general secretary. PT Lucksom, who was holding the post of the state president, also resigned from the party,” Lepcha further informed.

Meanwhile, Lepcha has appealed people across the border to let free flow of vehicles plying from Sikkim to Siliguri and conduct the movement peacefully in a non-violent manner. He has also requested the Darjeeling SP to provide pilot escort till Rangpo Sikkim, to the students and children studying at various schools of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong hills.

Lepcha further mentioned that he would continue to work in Sikkim as the coordinator of Nationalist Sikkim United Organisation (NSUO) and spread Gyan ko Kranti and stand for United for Positive cause and change in Sikkim.

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