Gurung now trains guns on Centre

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM),which reimposed the indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling hills on Sunday

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 2, 2013 3:49:43 am

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM),which reimposed the indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling hills on Sunday,trained its guns on the Centre for not yet acceding to its demand for a separate Gorkhaland state even as it accused the West Bengal government of playing “dirty politics” over the issue and once again


“When we signed the agreement for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA),the central government had said they did not have the mandate to give us a state. The agreement was signed without the demand of Gorkhaland being dropped,” GJM president Bimal Gurung Sunday said while addressing a public rally at Darjeeling.

Later in the day,in a post on the social networking website Facebook,Gurung said that since the Centre declared Telangana state within a year of the formation of GTA,it should also declare Gorkhaland. “I will not entertain any other arrangement other than Gorkhaland,’’ Gurung said.

Gurung’s statement came even as a seven-member GJM delegation reached Delhi to hold talks with various political parties and central ministers over the issue. “On Monday,will meet Jaswant Singh and K B Chhetri —- the sitting and former Darjeeling MP respectively —- and thereafter that we will chalk out our future plan,’’ said Harka Bahadur Chhetri,MLA and Morcha spokesman from Delhi.

Meanwhile,the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee,which had a meeting with representatives of schools and teachers of Darjeeling Sunday,said the schools may reopened on September 9.

“The formal announcement will be made by the Morcha,’’ Enos Das Pradhan,spokesman for the GJAC,said.

However,the GJM,has already put some conditions for the schools to re-open. The conditions include school children writing letters to the President and the Prime Minister demanding Gorkhaland and a 10-minute discussion on the proposed new state during the school assembly.

The Morcha,which gave a day’s respite from the indefinite bandh to the people on Saturday to stock up food and other essential items, announced to soon start “a cultural agitation”.

Gurung also extended best wishes to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,who is scheduled to participate in a programme at Kalimpong on September 3 organised by members of the Lepcha community.

During Mamata’s visit the GJM had called for ‘Ghar Bitra Janta’(people inside their homes) programme. Accusing the state government of indulging in “dirty politics” he asked people not to be scared.

“They are pointing guns at us,but we will fight them with the might of the pen,” Gurung said,adding,“Our opposition is dangerous and if they play rough that does not mean we will also play rough.”

Mamata,who is leaving for Bagdogra Monday afternoon,will stay at Kalimpomg for the night and will participate in the rally organised by Lepchas on September 3. The chief minister will return to Siliguri the same day and will be back to Kolkata on September 4.

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