Bimal Gurung meets HM Rajnath Singh, requests him to consider formation of Gorkhaland

The demand for Gorkhaland, which originally began in 1907, includes Darjeeling, Dooars and the Terai region of Bengal.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: November 23, 2016 12:24 pm
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President of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on Sunday, November 20, to ‘request him’ to consider the formation of a separate Gorkhaland. The two leaders met the Home Minister in New Delhi. Singh has told the leaders of the GJM that another meeting will be set up shortly to look in to the matter.

Speaking with The Indian Express Roshan Giri said,“Yes we met the Home Minister on Sunday. The main purpose of the meeting was to request him to set up a high level Committee to look in to the demand of a Gorkhaland, separate from West Bengal, afresh. The Home Minister told us that he will meet as again soon to look in to the matter.’’ The leaders have also invited Rajnath Singh to visit Darjeeling to inaugurate two projects – a model school and a car park. “Both these projects have been constructed with Central funds. The inauguration will take place when the Home Minister sets a date,’’added Giri.

The demand for a separate Gorkhaland resurfaced before the 2016 Assembly elections when Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee announced several Development Boards for different communities in Darjeeling district – such as the Lepcha development board and the Tamang development Board. The GJM has maintained that the setting up of these separate boards, outside of the functioning of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), is a part of bannerjee’s ‘divisive politics’.

The demand picked up steam however right after the Assembly election results were announced as while the GJM continued to retain all the seats in the district, its vote share had fallen alarmingly by nearly 40 per cent and Trinamool had managed to make inroads. Before and after the elections, a number of GJM leaders joined the Trinamool overtly and covertly. GJM spokesperson Harka Bahadur Chhetri formed a new Jap party with TMC as its ally. After the elections GJM vice president Pradeep Pradhan joined the TMC in an elaborate event at Kerseong.

The widening gap between the two leaders – Mamata Bannerjee and Bimal Gurung, came to a head when the GJM announced a general strike against the West Bengal government’s ‘continued interference’ in the functioning of the GTA in September this year which the TMC stiffly opposed. The TMC claimed the strike was unsuccessful while the GJM maintained that it had been successful and the party still enjoyed unrivalled popularity in the Bengal hills.

The meeting with Rajnath Singh comes at a significant time with three crucial elections slotted for early next year – the Darjeeling municipal elections to be held in February, the two tier panchayat elections also expected in the same month, and the elections for the GTA expected to be held in August next year.

Meanwhile, the Gorkhaland movement acquired another dimension with the launch of a small little known political party, earlier in October this year called the Gorkha Jan Kalyan Manch. The Manch has launched an agitation separate from the GJM for a Gorkhaland. It recently released a two page document detailing why a separate Gorkhaland needs to be formed. Since November 15, GJKM president Krishna Chhetri has been on an indefinite hunger strike for Gorkhaland at Limbu Basti in Prakash Nagar area of Siliguri.

The demand for Gorkhaland, which originally began in 1907, includes Darjeeling, Dooars and the Terai region of Bengal.

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    Nov 22, 2016 at 7:53 pm
    How many more provinces or lands we need to create to establish more Chief Ministers, Ministers and their paraphernalia of yes men and hangers on ??? They do nothing more than to add more budget expenses for the tax payers. They create more divisions and lt;br/gt;scams for politicians personal benefits !!!
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    Nov 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm
    NEPAL was your original country ??? Just because you immigrated and settled in India does not mean that you will now ask for a separate state ?lt;br/gt;Your spirit lies in imilating in your adopted country of choice and notlt;br/gt;creating divisions.
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    Devansh Khandelwal
    Nov 23, 2016 at 9:26 am
    The demand is just and you will know if you either go visit the places which are demanded to be separate from WB or you would go and visit other states which have been separated from other states.. like chattisgarh or uttarakhand or jharkhand.. and recent of it Telangana .. It was the best for them to be separated and you should know how difficult it is for a state govt to govern vast area.. To improve the efficiency of the government the States were divided so that it would be helpful for them and for the people.. the problems on WB are many from cross border terrorism to illegal migrants.. separatist.. the problem of transportation is also prevalent for people.. it would be better for it to be separated... Not saying that every other demand of separate state Must be met with.. but the just demand can.. So it would be nice to set up a committee to look into it.. And also they have been demanding for this for a long time and that too peacefully..
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    Vihari Naidu
    Nov 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm
    Centre should not use such divisive parties to har and trouble State government in West Bengal. Political differences shouldn't lead to supporting divisive and separatist elements.
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    Upendra M.
    Nov 23, 2016 at 6:37 am
    @Avi... it is because of Morons like you, we need a state of our own called Gornd... so that s like you know, we didn't immigrate to India... we were part of the land that the Brits usurped from India... get your history right before writing half-baked knowledge about our people and place.
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    Rohit Thapa
    Nov 22, 2016 at 4:53 pm
    Gornd is not a separatist movement,it is a demand for statehood within the purview of Consution...
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    Rohit Thapa
    Nov 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm
    Avi , sadly, morons like you are in majority ,that is why Gornd is a must for political securities of Gorkhas living in India...anyway,India is a mix of different ethnicities,religions,communities etc,who will decide who is Indian and who is not???read consution first and then let us talk about Indian spirit in a civilized manner...hope you got it , internet tiger???
  8. V
    Nov 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    le says "Bimar(sick) Gurung" for Bimal
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