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Darjeeling Unrest: GJM Leaders in Delhi To Push For Gorkhaland

Sujit Nath | CNN-News18

Updated: June 15, 2017, 11:50 AM IST
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Darjeeling Unrest: GJM Leaders in Delhi To Push For Gorkhaland
Activists of Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha shout slogans during a protest at Jantar Mantar in support of a separate state of Gorkhaland, in New Delhi. (Getty Images) (representative image)
Kolkata: Five Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders, led by its General Secretary Roshan Giri, reached Delhi on Wednesday night to ‘remind’ the central leadership about their ‘conditional’ alliance with BJP for a separate Gorkhaland.

Speaking to News18 on Thursday morning, Giri said, “We are here to discuss the current situation in the hills with our party MP from Darjeeling SS Ahluwalia ji. We have decided to go ahead with the Gorkhaland movement and want the Centre to intervene in the matter for speedy execution.”

He said there were no plans to meet Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

“We will also request the central government to expedite the Saradha and Narada probe against the TMC MLAs,” Giri added.

GJM insiders claimed that during the all-party meet on June 12 in Darjeeling all participants agreed to keep the pressure on the BJP for a separate state. Later, GJM chief Bimal Gurung (who was not present in the meet) called up Giri and told him to visit Delhi.

It’s a ‘now or never’ battle for Gurung and his call for an indefinite strike in the hills from June 12 is going to be a litmus test for his movement for a separate Gorkhaland.

Now, the only hope for Gurung is the BJP – with whom his party is associated since 2009 – but there are differences in opinion in the saffron outfit on the Gorkhaland issue.

While the state BJP is not willing to carve out a separate state out of Bengal, the central leadership is playing a carrot-stick game since the tenure of Jaswant Singh (who won the Lok Sabha election in 2009) to SS Ahluwalia, who won from Darjeeling with GJM’s support in 2014 Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, the situation in Darjeeling remained peaceful on Thursday but attendance at government offices was thin. A large number of police personnel were seen all across Darjeeling.

There was heavy police deployment outside Gurung’s residence and GJM party office. The GJM women’s wing took out a rally in some areas.

Shops and hotels remained closed but schools and colleges were open.

“I am in constant touch with central government and they assured us that no one can stop us from carving Gorkhaland out of Bengal,” he had said.

The movement for a separate Gorkhaland gained momentum after six other hill parties including TMC’s ally GNLF extended their support and unanimously passed a resolution demanding a separate state.
First Published: June 15, 2017, 11:50 AM IST
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