GNLF leader Subhash Ghising returns to the Hills after exile

United News of India

Darjeeling, April 8, 2011

Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) supremo Subhash Ghising today returned to the Hills of poll-bound West Bengal after almost three years, police said.

"Subhash Ghising has come back safely to his house at Zakir Hussain Road in Darjeeling," Darjeeling Deputy Superintendent of Police (Town) A A Tauseef said.

Ghising had been in exile after the major hill outfit Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) was formed and had not been allowed to return after he was forced by the rival party to leave the Hills on July 26, 2008. Since then, he had stayed in a rented house of the plains in Jalpaiguri.

Ghising's return holds significance in view of the coming assembly elections.

Elections to the 294-seat West Bengal Assembly will be held in six phases. The first phase of polling for 54 seats, including in the Hills, will be on April 18 and the sixth and final phase on May 10.

Counting of votes will be taken up on May 13.

The fate of 38 candidates, including three GNLF candidates from six seats of Darjeeling district, will be decided in the first phase.

According to a GNLF leader, Ghising will campaign in the three hill sub-divisions for party candidates, and will be using the "kite" symbol against "candle" symbol of the GJM.

He is also slated to hold a public meeting in Mirik on April 9 and Darjeeling on April 13, party sources said. Mr Ghising will also hold a road show in Kalimpong soon.

The GNLF had won the three seats in Darjeeling in the last assembly polls.