BJP slams Mamta Banerjee for making no compromise with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha

The GJM supporters are protesting against the alleged imposition of Bengali in the schools of the hills. The agitation arose from an announcement made by Mamata last week that Bengali would be taught compulsorily up to Class 10 in the state schools.

By: ANI | Bengaluru | Published:June 11, 2017 9:08 am
mamata banerjee, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, GJM protests, mandatory bengali, gorkha agitation Mamata Banerjee. (File)

Condemning West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s move on Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters, who are protesting against the alleged imposition of Bengali in the schools of the hills, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said that the former is fueling the issue by asserting that no compromises will be made in the matter.

“Mamata Banerjee is taking an extreme step towards the issues raised by the Gorkha land. She by taking a very firm stand, that no compromises will be made is further reiterating the atmosphere,” BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI.

He further advised Mamata to resolve the issue with utmost discretion. “They are opposed to the mandatory imposition of Bengali in the Gorkha land area. They are not different and she is ruling them also. It is already reeling under violence and she is well aware of it. She must reach out to them and ensure that their concerns are being addressed and bring back Darjeeling and Gorkha land area to normalcy,” Prakash added.

The GJM supporters are protesting against the alleged imposition of Bengali in the schools of the hills. The agitation arose from an announcement made by Mamata last week that Bengali would be taught compulsorily up to Class 10 in the state schools.

After the GJM cadres clashed with the police following their protests against Mamata’s visit to Darjeeling and her decision to make Bengali compulsory in syllabus of schools across the state, the Army was called in to control the situation on Saturday.

According to reports, the protest led by the GJM turned violent after protesters resorted to vandalism as they torched police vehicles and attacked policemen. Though several people were injured in the clashes, which had police personnel lathi-charging GJM supporters armed with stones, the exact number could not be immediately ascertained.

Meanwhile, reports said that Banerjee has described the 12-hour-long strike as “illegal”, saying the government would take legal action against those who participate in it.

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    Pork Kabab
    Jun 12, 2017 at 11:44 am
    I am a a Bengali and I support Gor nd. am should be divided into two- lower and upper Bengal-Gor nd should be created Maharshtra-Vidarbha and Marathwada UP-3 to 4 states - Purvanchal/Madhyanchal/Paschimanchal Gujrat-Divide into two Tamilnadu-into two. A country of Indian size should have at least 50 states for good governance.
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      chakm
      Jun 11, 2017 at 11:09 am
      A simple question: Why were states created in India in the first place, and on what grounds? It appears that the supporters of Gor nd have selective amnesia regarding the fact that they cons utionally and geographically belong to the province of Bengal. If for the sake of argument, a state of Gor nd is created in the near future, then will not Nepali be the official language of the government and won't Nepali be taught in schools? I rest my case.
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        Harry
        Jun 12, 2017 at 5:42 am
        Well if East Bengal was given away to Muslims, why shouldn't Darjee be given to Gorkhas? After all Gorkhas send their men to fight in Indian army. Let Bengalis focus on poetry, Marxism and secularism.
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        Tillu
        Jun 11, 2017 at 9:37 am
        BJP is behind all this mischief but our great leader Didi will crush these Rebels and Terrorists along with BJP and RSS sinister designs.
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