Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung on Friday resigned from the post of chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, demanding a CBI inquiry into police firing on supporters of the GJM. Gurung said the indefinite strike will continue and that the all-party meeting has now been postponed to June 29. Gurung added that the organisation will burn the GTA agreement on June 27.
The resignation comes as a pressure tactic by the GKM inorder to step up their stir for a separate state in the Darjeeling Hills. Besides Gurung, several other leaders of the Gorkha will also quit the Administration.
Speaking to PTI, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said: “Today we have decided to resign from the GTA. The resignations will be submitted to the principal secretary of GTA.” Gurung had earlier said that the GTA has been turned into a “farce” by the West Bengal government and the GJM and the people of the hills will fight for the single agenda of a separate Gorkhaland.
The decision to withdraw from the tripartite GTA accord was taken at an all party meeting held earlier this week. At the meeting, all 14 political parties and public organisations of the hills had also unanimously declared their support to the longstanding demand for a separate Gorkhaland state in north Bengal.
The protest for a separate state and the on-going indefinite shutdown has now entered its ninth day. Normal life has been disrupted in the region and there are reports that banks are not being allowed to refill ATMs leaving many cashless. The GJM has been heading the GTA since 2012 and its term is set to expire this year, news agency PTI reports.