A Kathmandu-based information portal sparked a row within the north Bengal hills on Thursday with a report that claimed that Anit Thapa, chairman of board of directors of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), is a Nepali citizen.
Thapa, who can be the overall secretary of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binoy Tamang faction) refuted the allegations and mentioned: “It is a conspiracy to malign me.”
The Nepali information portal on Thursday morning revealed information with the heading “India’s leader Nepal’s citizenship.”
In its report, the portal mentioned that Thapa had gone to Dubai within the United Arab Emirates in 1995. It additionally claimed Thapa’s Nepali citizenship was issued from Nepal’s Jhapa district in 1994 and he was proven because the son of 1 Binod Thapa however there was man by that identify within the mentioned deal with. Thapa had stayed in Dubai for 2 years earlier than he returned to Nepal, the information portal wrote.
Later within the day, Thapa issued an announcement saying: “The allegation is baseless and is a conspiracy against me. If anyone can prove the allegation, he can file a case against me. Every time when Darjeeling hills raise the voice in the interest of Indian Gorkhas, conspiracy is hatched to throttle the voice.”
He denied going to Dubai and mentioned: “I went to Sweden and Europe on Indian passport. I was an Indian citizen and I am an Indian citizen.”
For years, Thapa has been accused of holding twin citizenship (of India and Nepal). In January, 2020 the sub-divisional officer of Kurseong in Darjeeling district had issued a common discover asking individuals to look earlier than him in reference to the knowledge relating to Thapa’s alleged Nepali citizenship.
The discover was issued close to an nameless letter written to the Union dwelling minister on August 12, 2019 in reference to Thapa’s alleged Nepali citizenship.
“We had conducted the enquiry and had forwarded the findings to the district magistrate,” mentioned Abhishek Chaurasia the Kurseong sub-divisional officer.
While Shashank Sethi, the district Justice of the Peace of Darjeeling couldn’t be contacted regardless of repeated makes an attempt, Chaurasia refused to reveal any particulars of the enquiry.
The opposition events within the hills attacked Thapa quickly after the information went viral.
Mahendra Chettri, the Gorkha National Liberation Front spokesperson mentioned, “We demand action against Thapa for holding dual citizenship.”
Kalyan Dewan, president of the BJP’s Darjeeling hills district committee mentioned: “The allegation is serious and the onus of proving the allegations false lies with Thapa himself.”
Santa Chhetri, TMC’s Rajya Sabha MP mentioned: “It is the duty of the government to investigate.”
Roshan Giri, common secretary of the GJM (Bimal Gurung faction) mentioned, “We will comment only after consulting legal experts.”
Thapa was one of many fundamental trusted lieutenants of Bimal Gurung who based the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in 2007 to spearhead the motion for a separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling hills.
In 2017, when the Gorkhaland motion had rocked the Darjeeling hills for 3 months, Thapa and Binoy Tamang joined fingers with the West Bengal authorities that successfully derailed the motion.
The GJM break up and Tamang headed the brand new faction whereas Gurung went into hiding after being charged below anti-terror legislation by the Mamata Banerjee authorities. The state authorities put in Tamang because the chairman of the board of directors within the semi-autonomous GTA in September 2017. Thapa turned its chairman, after Tamang resigned from the submit to unsuccessfully contest a bye-election for Darjeeling meeting seat in 2019.
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