Tamang, who is now in Jalpaiguri Correctional Home since his arrest on August 22
from Bengal-Sikkim border, was unanimously elected by attending 34 members of
out of 45-member GTA Sabhasad, according to GTA's Principal Secretary Ram Das Meena (IAS).
The post of GTA chief was lying vacant since July 30 after GJM president Bimal Gurung resigned to join the Gorkhaland state agitation after the Union government's approval for carving out Telangana in Andhra Pradesh.
Gurung also masterminded in forming the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) to spearhead the movement got boomeranged when some members of the constituents of GJAC demanded scrapping of the GTA.
They said while his party leaders are attached to the GTA, Gurung's demand for separate state was double standard.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had warned that if the GTA members failed to elect a chief executive democratically then the government would opt another action to restore the GTA.
As the West Bengal ruling Trainamool Congress was gearing up to find a replacement, the alarmed GJM hastily called an emergency meeting on Friday and decided to elect a new leader for the vacant post at GTA.
Tamang who was holding the department of Information under GTA before his arrest, is currently behind the bar, whose bail plea was rejected on September 26. His constituency is Dali-Borbortey.
Friday's GTA meeting was attended by all the members of GTA except those who are arrested and are in jail currently. Top GJM leaders like president Bimal Gurung, General Secretary Roshan Giri, and all GTA members were present in the meeting held at Bhanu Bhawan, Darjeeling.
Meanwhile, North Bengal Development minister Gautam Deb welcomed the GTA elections and congratulated newly elected chief.
He said the government was always helping development of of the Hills. "Everything could be settled democratically," he added.
The post of the GTA chief executive was lying vacant since Gurung resigned on 30 July. The last GTA meeting to elect the chief was held on 4 September.
It fizzled out as the GTA members refused to participate in the election, putting condition that all the body's members arrested from time to time be released. The administration fixed 27 September as the date for the next meeting.
--IBNS (Posted on 28-09-2013)