Gorkha Janmkuti Morcha relaxes bandh,imposes janata curfew

GJM president Bimal Gurung,said that the ‘agitation’ would resume from August 19.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: August 14, 2013 3:00 am

The Gorkha Janmkuti Morcha (GJM) Tuesday relaxed its indefinite bandh in Darjeeling,but the hills witnessed a complete closure as the Morcha enforced a ‘janata curfew’. The two-day janata curfew came into effect at the expiry of the 72-hour deadline set by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to call off the indefinite bandh,which she had termed illegal.

Meanwhile,GJM president Bimal Gurung,who had announced to relax the bandh for four days beginning Independence Day,said that the ‘agitation’ would resume from August 19.

“The agitation will continue from the 19th. The GJM will continue to exercise their freedom of expression,speech and will assemble peacefully to press for their demand for Gorkhaland,” Gurung said in post on Facebook.

While not specifying whether it would be a new agitation or whether the indefinite bandh would be continued,Gurung added,“We will let the people know of our plans on the 16th.”

In another climbdown from its earlier stand,the GJM announced to participate in the election of a new chief executive of the Gorkha Territorial Administration. Sources in the Morcha said that Gurung would nominate a person from GJM as the chief executive of GTA — the post he had quit on July 30 prior to the start of the agitation for a separate state.

“Since the government has sent a letter asking our party president to nominate a member for the post of chief executive,we will do that,” said a senior GJM leader requesting anonymity.

Gurung,however,batted for repealing the GTA. “In an all party meeting on Monday,we have decided that GTA should be repealed soon,” he said.

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