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Mamata spreading lies, misleading people: Gurung
Darjeeling: GJM chief Bimal Gurung today termed as "white lies" Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's claim that the agitation in Darjeeling hills was supported by insurgent groups, and asserted the struggle for a separate Gorkhaland state would be intensified. Banerjee had yesterday said that the GJM-led agitation in Darjeeling hills is a "deep-rooted conspiracy" supported by the insurgent groups of the Northeast and some foreign countries. "The allegations are baseless, Mamata Banerjee is trying to mislead people. It is not a political fight but a fight for our own identity. We will not stop until and unless Gorkhaland is achieved. The struggle will intensify in the hills," Gurung said in an audio-visual statement.
GJM plans to revive GLP
With GJM gearing up for a prolonged confrontation with West Bengal government over the Gorkhaland statehood issue, the party's leadership is planning to revive Gorkhaland Personnel(GLP) - its "peacekeeping" wing. "The situation is getting worse with each passing day. We feel that a head-on collision is just a matter of time. So we need to prepare ourselves to counter the state government democratically," GJM central committee member and former in-charge of GLP Colonel (retd) Ramesh Alley told PTI.
Amid the fresh agitation for Gorkhaland in the Darjeeling hills, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the Modi government of encouraging the stir and claimed there was a "deep-rooted" conspiracy" behind it. She, however, did not directly blame the BJP for the violent agitation, which she claimed was supported by insurgent groups of the northeast and some foreign countries. Her remarks drew a derisive response from BJP chief Amit Shah, who said she saw "conspiracy in everything". Banerjee said the kind of "hooliganism and vandalism," being seen during the unrest in the hills, can only be done if there is a "terrorist brain" behind it, and the Centre should extend full help to the state to contain it. (reports PTI)
ABSU blames Bengal and central govt for Darjeeling crisis
The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) supported the 'Gorkhademand and blamed the West Bengal and the Union governments for the present crisis in Darjeeling hills. "The outburst of tension in Darjeeling area is nothing but an unwarranted outcome of the autocratic rule of the Bengal government as well as the Centre's utter negligence to the problem," ABSU president Pramod Boro told reporters. He said the demand of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) was historically and constitutionally legitimate, correct and justified.
RECAP | Earlier this week, Darjeeling MP and Minister of State for Agriculture SS Ahluwalia had written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, asking the Centre examine the long-standing demands of the Gorkha and other communities from North Bengal. BJP in its 2014 manifesto for General Elections had made a similar reference to the issue.
However, West Bengal Chief Minister has indicated to the Centre that talks can not begin until the violence ends, and the bandh is called off.
Singh spoke to Home Secretary and sought detailed report of the situation as violence escalated on Friday.
RECAP | Lobbing the ball back into the state government's court, the Centre feels its hands are tied in initiating tripartite talks to end the current impasse in the Darjeeling hills, till the West Bengal government gives it's formal consent to begin any dialogue.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the situation. West Bengal government has also clarified to the Centre that no executive order, making Bangla as a compulsory language in primary and secondary level, has been issued. Thus, any clarification in this regard is not required.
On June 22, there will be an all-party meeting on Darjeeling unrest in Siliguri. The meeting will be chaired by senior officials and party leaders. Mamata will not be a part of the meeting as she may visit The Hague, Netherlands, to attend the UN Public Service Day on an invitation by the United Nations.
She addressed the media after meeting the representatives of 16 development boards – formed for the indigenous communities of the Hills.
RECAP | On Saturday, an officer of the Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) was critically injured after he was stabbed with a traditional Nepali kukri as the Hills witnessed fresh clashes between security personnel and protesters. Thirty-five security personnel were also injured. The GJM said two of its supporters had died in police firing, but there was no immediate confirmation available.
RECAP | Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah hit out at the West Bengal CM, saying "she sees conspiracy in everything". When asked about Ahluwalia backing the agitation and whether BJP supported it, Shah said,"It is true that we are in favour of small states. Once we decide something about it, we will announce it." He, however, did not say if the party wanted a separate state of Gorkhaland carved out of West Bengal.
RECAP | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday claimed that violence in Darjeeling was a "deep-rooted conspiracy", blaming some insurgency groups in the North Eastern states for helping Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in their demand for a separate Gorkhaland. Addressing a press conference at state secretariat Nabanna, the chief minister said, "I was told that GJM is getting help from the underground insurgency groups of the North Eastern states."
"Our police department are working on this information and I cannot disclose much as this is a sensitive matter," she said, questioning "where the GJM was getting illegal arms and money from?"
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