GORKHA JANMUKTI Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung on Tuesday urged the people of Darjeeling Hills to welcome the Bengal BJP delegation, which is scheduled to reach Kalimpong on Wednesday. Warning the people against “betrayers” who are opposing his demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland, Gurung — in a new audio clip released to the media from an undisclosed location — urged locals to narrate the “atrocities they had faced at the hands the police and administration” during the 104-day-long indefinite bandh in the Hills.
“On October 4, BJP leaders are coming to Kalimpong to assess the situation and interact with people, hence, I request my brothers and sisters to welcome them and tell them all that we have faced during the 104-day-long bandh,” he said.
“I would also like to appeal to the people of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Mirik, to welcome BJP leaders in Darjeeling on October 5 and tell them about the 11 people who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Gorkhaland. They should also tell them about the dictatorial policies of the Bengal government,” he added.
Urging the people to organise programmes to commemorate the foundation day of GJM on October 7, Gurung said: “October 7 is the 11th anniversary of GJM. I request everyone to mark the day. We should unite and reject Gorkha Territorial Administration. Some Mir Jaffars (betrayers) are trying to make it work. But we must protest against this on the streets and fight it.”
A BJP delegation, led by state president Dilip Ghosh, will visit Kalimpong on October 4 and Darjeeling the next day to meet leaders from the Gurung faction of the GJM. BJP is the first party to send its delegation to the Hills, after GJM withdrew the indefinite shutdown on September 26, following Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s appeal.
Meanwhile, expelled GJM leader Binay Tamang, who was recently made the chairman of the Board of Administrators under GTA by the state government, said BJP leaders were visiting Darjeeling to add “fuel to the fire”.