JAP successfully demonstrates at Parliament Street; Submits petition to Rajnath Singh to initiate debate in the Parliament
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THE HIMALAYAN BEACON KALIMPONG NEWS BUREAU
NEW DELHI, 3 JANUARY 2018: The cadres of Jan Andolan Party Yuva Ekai (Youth Unit) were able to successfully demonstrate at Parliament Street seeking the formation of the seperate state of Gorkhaland. The cadres were also submitted a petition to Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister.
The petition reads:
We the members of the All India Jana Andolan Party have journeyed to Delhi all the way from Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal to draw the Parliament’s attention this winter session to the oppression and injustice faced by our people.
The heavy hand of West Bengal in governing Darjeeling and Kalimpong during the three and a half month long agitation for the creation of the state of Gorkhaland has seen many people murdered in the police encounters or arrested and imprisoned on fake charges. At least one elected member died in the police custody (tragically one day prior to his release) due to torture.
The alleged statement of a police officer who was killed during the 105 days strike was widely publicized by the State and media that “he would not allow Bengal to be divided” shows the level of indoctrination of the administrative agencies, a shocking fact that jeopardizes the very fabric of our democracy.
Equally shocking is the conduct of our lone representative in the Lok Sabha who hid in New Delhi from mid June 2017 when the agitation began and has not shown his face in Darjeeling and Kalimpong since. Instead of pleading our cause and giving succor and comfort to our people, he has gone on record to say that he did not want to support the popular demand of the people of his constituency because it would place his ministership in the Union Government in jeopardy.
Taking advantage of the lawless methods adopted by sections of the enraged mob, the State of the West Bengal has opted to carry out reprisals on all and sundry especially those in support of the demand for the creation of new state under Article 3 of the Constitution of India through mass arrests and detention by tagging them in several criminal prosecutions at a time.
A unique situation has developed in our region where people live in fear of their own Government which does not augur well for a healthy democracy. Along therewith, the State of West Bengal continues to experiment with failed models of governance leading to corruption and the creation of an elite that exploits its own people. The Government of West Bengal erroneously believes that by simultaneously corrupting and co-opting a section of the leaders of the region will be a solution to the problems faced by us. Our demands to the State Government to repeal both GTA and DGHC Acts have fallen on deaf ears.
It is time that a discussion should be held in Parliament on the prevailing situation and for exploring genuine means to ensure the restoration and re-establishment of democratic rights of the citizens of Darjeeling and Kalimpong before matters go out of hand. The clumsy and authoritarian methods adopted by the State of West Bengal is likely to lead to an even greater polarization of the people of the region. Such a policy will lead to matters spiraling out of control in the years to come. We have full faith that you will raise our issues through your esteemed high office in parliament to uphold our great country’s democratic system. This not withstanding the fact that our representative in Parliament is abdicating from his duties.
the Gorkha community anxiously awaits the view of the Parliament over this issue from the ongoing session.
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