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Ghisingh is no more and even after having 'ruled' Darjeeling as the chairman of DGHC for almost two decades, his party GNLF itself has been reduced to just a hint of a mist.
It was Gurung's rise and Ghisingh's steady eclipse that saw the state administration in Bengal junk the earlier avatar of a DGHC and rubber-stamp a new entity called GTA in 2011, with Gurung at its helm.
Yet, Ghisingh and Gurung were both happy with what they had got in the bargain - a corpus of huge state funds to manage in the name of DGHC and GTA, respectively.
With the formation of DGHC as an alternative solution to Gorkhaland, the intensity of the movement decreased upto certain extend.
This prompted the Central Government and the West Bengal State Governments to enter into a trilateral agreement in 1988, which created the DGHC (Sarkar and Bhaumik, 2000).
"Even the DGHC was a good move but it could not deliver.
Until the GTA takes shape, the DGHC will be headed by a new five-member board of administrators.
The Gorkhaland Movement that began in the 1980s had ended with a truce between the then-leader Subhash Ghising and New Delhi after he accepted limited autonomy in 1988 with a new Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC).
Asked if the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), set up in 1988, would continue to function, Pillai said: "It will do so if it is not repealed.
Sukhna (West Bengal), Dec 12: Temporary staff members of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) staged a rally under the banner of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) to press the demand for separate Gorkhaland state here on Saturday.
It was agreed, in principle, to the repeal of the DGHC Act, 1988.
It may be recalled that Subodh Pradhan, a leader of the GJM was killed and three others were injured during a clash between supporters of the party and caretaker of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) bungalow at Kurseong where they were attending New Year revelry on Wednesday.
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