“We severely condemn the suppression of Local Media including the ban of local television channels” Bimal Gurung
Gorkha Ranga Mancha Bhawan sealed by the Police
DARJEELING, 9th June 2017: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Chief Bimal Gurung has said that there will be no further strike in that the party will not call for a continuance of the 12 hour strike called on the 9th of June 2017. He said that the party will however, continue with the Nepali language movement until the State Government issued a gazette notification exempting Darjeeling Hills from the purview of the pursuing Bengali language as a compulsory language in the school curriculum.
Speaking to reporters in a press conference he said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was solely responsible for creating chaos in Darjeeling Hills and condemned the state government’s heavy handedness in suppressing the Nepali language movement. He said that his party also severely condemned the State Government’s unilateral banning of Nepali language media especially the local television media in Darjeeling Hills.
He added that his party was not afraid of the audit by the state government. “For a party like TMC whose Ministers and MLAs have been implicated in numerous scams and are either serving in Prison or are under investigation, trying to scare us of audit is laughable act. We are ready for audit at any level,” Gurung said.
He apologized to the tourists for the problems faced due to the 12 hour strike and said that the party and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) had done everything to avoid confrontation with the state government but it was the Chief Minister herself who had seemingly added fuel to the fire. He said that the closure of the Gorkha Ranga Mancha Bhawan by the police was an unlawful act because most of the offices of the GTA was based there.
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