DARJEELING, 10th June 2017: A path of confrontation between the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the State Government has been set with GJM today calling for an indefinite strike in Darjeeling Hills to be enforced from Monday 12th of June 2017. In a meeting held at Malidhura, Patlebas today where all the leaders of the party took part the decision was taken. The party has also demanded that all the signboards in the hill district be written in Nepali and English and not in Bengali as it is presently in some places.
Speaking to the media, Roshan Giri, General Secretary of GJM said that Bimal Gurung has written a letter raising the demand for the separate state of Gorkhaland to the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In the letter he has also stated that the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) has been a failure and that the GJM no longer wants to run it. He also said that soon a delegation will leave for New Delhi in order to meet the Union Ministers.
The agitational programme that GJM has announced today includes:
- INITIATE MOVEMENT FOR THE SEPARATE STATE OF GORKHALAND
- INDEFINITE STRIKE FROM MONDAY 12TH JUNE 2017 IN THE ENTIRE DARJEELING HILLS
- ALL GOVT. OFFICES, BANKS TO REMAIN CLOSE
- SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES EXEMPTED FROM STRIKE
- TRANSPORT TO REMAIN OPEN
- ALL PARTY MEETING TO BE CONVENED ON 13TH JUNE
- EVERY MONDAY TORCH RALLY
- EVERY THURSDAY AND SUNDAY PUBLIC RALLY
- MASS SIGNATURE CAMPAIGN FOR GORKHALAND
- 27, 28, 29, 30TH JUNE BANKS TO BE RE-OPENED
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who had left the hills yesterday night and is presently stationed in Uttar Kanya at Siliguri had described the situation in Darjeeling as “very stable and peaceful”. Speaking to reporters earlier she had said, “They (GJM) have become politically bankrupt and thus resorted to violence. I hope good sense will prevail on them. We have compromised a lot and it seems that now we have our back against the wall. You can compromise for the good and for peace but it cannot be done for bombs and arms,” she had said as quoted in the Times of India report.
Banerjee had also said, “Bandh is illegal. Even the High Court has declared it illegal. We will not allow anyone to take law into their hands.
Political observers are of the opinion that with GJM re-initiating the Gorkhaland movement and calling for indefinite strike the State Government would react taking the issue as a law and order issue and thus this could worsen the situation further.