THE HIMALAYAN BEACON NEW DELHI NEWS BUREAU
NEW DELHI, 11 JANUARY 2018: Gurung today offered New Year wishes to his supporters and the people of the nation at large. In a press release issued to the media today, Gurung offered his best wishes for the New Year to all his fellow citizens. He also thanked Gorkhas in Darjeeling Hills, Dooars Terai and in the rest of the nation for bearing various kinds of problems and remaining in his side. he said that being a peaceful citizen of this great nation, he had total faith in the nation’s long Constitutional Tradition and Justice. he said that as Mahatma Gandhi said, ‘Truth always triumphed’.
He said that his movement for the separate state of Gorkhaland was hinged in the quest for identity for the Gorkhas. He said that he had no enemity with the Bengali people and that they were his brothers and sisters. But there was a great distinction culturally between the Gorkhas and the Bengali people. The Gorkhas were seeking separate statehood to further their cultural identity and that demand was valid under the Indian Constitution.
He said that the West Bengal Government had become directionless and have after the events of June 2017 called us seperatists. But we are not separatists. The State apparatus instead went berserk over the peacefull demonstrators firing tear gas and even live bullets. It was the violence that the State Police engaged in that 11 peaceful demonstrators were killed. These were not simply party cadres, they were my own. He call upon the people to maintain peace despite the persecution by the State Government. He called upon his supporters to be patience. He said that like all political movement, Gorkhaland movement needs perseverance and dedication.
He ultimately added that he has always had faith in Justice and that he was ready to help any independent agency who wanted to investigate the 2017 Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling Hills. He called upon Supreme Court to constitute Independent Investigative Agnecy to investigate the validity of the cases registered against GJM cadres in Darjeeling Hills during the 2017 Gorkhaland agitation. He said that he had full faith that Justice will be done.