Chhatre Subba,rebel leader of the hills and founder of the Gorkha Liberation Organization (GLO),today announced he had left the Gorkhaland movement,saying for me the separate statehood movement has ended.
Subba,71,was supposed to float a new party today,for which he had called a public meeting in Kalimpong. However,the meeting could not be organized as both the venues for which Subba sought permission from the administration were occupied by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
According to sources,Subba wanted permission for Dungre Community Hall,but it was booked for a meeting of Nari Morcha on March 29. Next Subba tried the town hall in Kalimpong. But the administration did not grant him permission. Meanwhile,the town hall was booked for a meeting by the GJM Yuva Morcha.
A disappointed Subba today told mediapersons at his residence in Kalimpong that for him the movement had ended. He said,I had called all my supporters and lovers of Gorkhaland for the meeting in Kalimpong to discuss how to take the movement for a separate state forward. But nobody came. It seems the people are happy with GTA.
He added,I wanted a meeting with the people who wanted me to lead the Gorkhaland movement. But today I could not talk to them. I think the people are scared as they know that the Gorkhaland movement will cause violence and bloodshed. So I also left the Gorkhaland movement. I will be in politics,but I will not continue with the movement. For me the separate statehood movement has ended.
Subba,who had a militant background and used to head the GLO after he parted from the group of Subhash Ghisingh in 1988,was arrested in 2001. He was released in 2011 after the new government came to power.
Several non-GJM organizations wanted Subba to lead the Gorkhaland movement.
Joel Rai of Bhartiya Gorkha Parisangh,an organization of Gorkhas that supports Gorkhaland,said,It is an expression of his disappointment. It is not true that people are happy with GTA. We believe the people of the hills will again build up the Gorkhaland movement.
B K Pradhan,president of Darjeeling Civil Society,a non-political organization of the hills,said,I cannot comment on what Subba said. But we all know that the people of the hills are never happy with GTA. They want Gorkhaland. The movement will start again.