G. O. C. Phippon, the councillor of ward 4, said he was quitting the JAP and joining the Morcha for the sake of the development of his ward. Lepcha claimed that 70 families from his ward had joined the Morcha, along with him. While the JAP has been reduced to a single member, six others belonging to the undivided Morcha had resigned from the party and become independent councillors. JAP president Harka Bahadur Chhetri sought to make light of Phippon's desertion. DiscussionThe JAP president also said his party would organise a discussion on Gorkhaland at the Constitutional Club of India in New Delhi on March 15.
Source: The Telegraph February 19, 2018 20:37 UTC