<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to put an end to the current impasse at the hills, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday appointed a board of administrators to run Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) with rebel GJM leader Binay Tamang as its chairman. During an interaction with mediapersons at Nabanna, the state secretariat she said that the government would soon issue a notification regarding it.“The GTA members have resigned and according to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Act we had made IAS Barun Roy the administrator of GTA. If they had not, they could have remained till an election took place. Today we have decided to form a board of administrators of GTA according to the section 65 (b) of the GTA Act. The nine-members of the board are representatives of hill parties,” Mamata said. She was quick to add that she never asked any of the GTA members to resign and since they have stepped down on their own,GTA could not be defunct for a long time.She announced the name of rebel GJM leaders Binay Tamang as the chairman of the board and Anit Thapa as the vice-chairman. Earlier, GJM chief Bimal Gurung had expelled both Tamang and Thapa from the party.She said that the board would continue to function till a new body of GTA was elected. “The new board which has been formed will continue to do developmental work at the hills till the condition is conducive enough to conduct an election at the hills,” Mamata said. GNLF leader and Subhash Ghishing’s son Mann Ghishing has also been made one of the members of the board.She also criticised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for holding meeting with GJM leaders against whom lookout notices have been issued. “Lookout notices have been issued against some GJM leaders. Holding meeting with them is not correct, especially when someone holds an important constitutional post. I would have not done it if I was in the same situation,” Mamata added.Both the GJM and the GNLF have spoken against creation of the board of administrators. “The three – Mamata Banerjee, Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa – have joined hands in order to kill democracy. The GJM rejects the decision to form a board of administrators of GTA and appeals all other parties to reject it as well,” said Binita Roka, GJM spokesperson. GNLF leader Mahendra Chhetri too said, “The board has been formed by the CM without consulting us. It is illegal as the GTA matter is sub-judice. We will not be a part of the new board.”

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Darjeeling unrest: Mamata appoints board of administrators to run GTA, rebel GJM leader to be chairman