THE HIMALAYAN BEACON KALIMPONG NEWS BUREAU
KALIMPONG, 16 DECEMBER 2017: A meeting was held today at Kalimpong of the newly formed Gorkha United Liberation Front (GULF) where an Adhoc Committee of the party was formed. Reeshika Chettri was elected as the organizing secretary of the party. Further Pradip Yonzon from Kalimpong, Kiran Rai from Darjeeling, Subarna Khati from Kurseong and Binod Mukhia from Gorubathan were also made members of the adhoc Committee.
Reeshika Chettri while addressing the media said that the adhoc committee will only exist for three months after which the committee will be reshuffled. Chettri said that during the three months the party will work towards consolidation of the party based in all the panchayat and municipal areas in the Hills. Chettri said that the party will follow its party constitution strictly and do everything according to the constitution.
When asked about the main objective of the party, Chettri said that GULF only had one objective and that was the separate state of Gorkhaland. When asked if the party would accept any administrative setup as a step towards the achievement of Gorkhaland, Chettri said that it was the failure of various administrative setups that GULF had been formed and that the party would never compromise on the issue of the formation of the separate state of Gorkhaland.
Chettri said that GULF has devised a Road-map to achieve Gorkhaland. This road-map had seven special aspects which included Constitutional, Legal, Judicial, Historical, Geographical and Press and Publications.
When asked to clarify on the similarity of GULF’s flag with that of the GNLF flag, Chettri said that the Indian Tricolor and the Congress party’s flag bore strong resemblance but they were not the same. Similarly, many political parties flags in India bear strong resemblances with each other but that did not mean that they shared same political ideology. GULF and GNLF’s flags might bear resemblances but there were no match between the two parties ideologies. There are no political understanding or tie-up between GULF and GNLF and there will never be in the future, Chettri said.
When asked about the modus-operandi of the party, Chettri said that the party did not believe in street politics nor the politics of sloganeering. She said that we had already witnessed many people’s movements but it was time to fight for separate statehood constitutionally and legally. Chettri further added that GULF will never call for general strikes or hunger strikes. She said that Gorkhaland could not be achieved by burning libraries but by reading books in those libraries. She said that the party was already working at the Central level including knocking the doors of the Supreme Court.
The Himalayan Beacon News Desk comprises of Correspondents, Reporters, Stringers and Cub reporters spread all across the Eastern Himalayan region.