Image: Subhash Ghising in file photo.
Siliguri: SUBASH Ghising, the once all-powerful leader of Darjeeling Hills whom his rival Bimal Gurung had ousted from the Hills in 2017, today got a natural justice two years after his lonely demise.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today unveiled a plaque naming the Hill road from Rohini Zero Point near Shimulbari Crossing to Mirik as Subash Ghising Marg. The temporary plaque that Banerjee unveiled reads that Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) ~ under which rests the Hill roads ~ approved the decision on 28 January.
During the unveiling ceremony today, state DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha, Ghising’s son Mann Ghising, GTA chairman Binay Tamang, and vice-chairman Anit Thapa were present.
Waving party flags were a few hundred supporters of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), which late Ghising had founded and spearheaded a bloody movement for a separate Gorkhaland state from 1986-88, finally settling for autonomous Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC).
His reign lasted till around 2007 when Bimal Gurung rebelled against him against the move and reignited Gorkhaland demand under a new party named Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. Ghising was not allowed to enter the Hills by Gurung’s cadres on his return from a Delhi trip and compelled him to resign as DGHC chairman subsequently.
Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool, which was in the opposition then, had extended tacit support to Gurung. Ghising was forced to stay in exile in Jalpaiguri till 2014 and was not allowed to enter the Hills for the last rites of his wife. During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls he could return to the Hills but by then his political clout had waned. He died in Delhi in December 2015.
Gurung fell out with Mamata Banerjee in June last year and since then been absconding from police in a number of cases of rioting and bomb blasts. His once close confident, Binay Tamang, rebelled against him last October and was made the interim chairman of GTA by the state government.
Tamang today said that Ghising was his “political guru” and that he is happy a road has been named after him. Ghising’s on Mann Ghising said: “My father has finally got the recognition for the noble work that he did for the Hills.”
The Chief Minister, who is visiting the Hills after a seven-month gap, said that all should work together peacefully for development.