The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has decided to organise public meetings in the plains, days after announcing that the Union home minister had assured party leaders to form a committee to examine the demand for Gorkhaland.
Morcha chief Bimal Gurung said at a news conference: “We have decided to organise two meetings in the Dooars (which falls mostly in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar district) and one meeting for the Terai region in Siliguri. The dates haven’t yet been finalised.”
Morcha insiders said the meetings were being planned in the plains in order to galvanise supporters after a “favourable response to our demand from the Centre”.
“The meetings will help the Morcha regroup in the plains. The objective of holding a meeting in Siliguri is to ensure that our supporters stay together as elections to the Siliguri Municipal Corporation and Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad are due,” said a Morcha leader who didn’t want to be named.
The Centre has so far not said anything to second the Morcha’s claim.
Gurung today held a meeting with the party’s central committee and subdivisional committees, elected GTA Sabha members, representatives of 19 frontal organisations and chairmen of four hill municipalities.
The meeting was held to brief them on the visit by Gurung and other leaders to Delhi recently, which the party has termed “positive”.
“The meeting with the home minister has been positive. We will continue to pursue the issue of forming a committee to examine our demand, after the winter session ends,” Gurung said today.
The news conference was held after the party meeting.
On December 7, the Morcha will organise a public meeting in Darjeeling.
The Morcha’s claim about the Centre’s assurance on the setting up a committee to look into the Gorkhaland demand has irked Trinamul.
Yesterday, Trinamul leader and minister Gautam Deb said: “Ahead of the Parliament elections, the BJP had put an addendum in its election manifesto and had mentioned that it would sympathetically look into the demand of Gorkhaland. Now the Morcha leaders are claiming that the Union home minister has told them that a committee will be formed to look into the demand. We are curious to know whether this is the second step after the addendum. The BJP and the MP of Darjeeling should clearly assert their stand on Gorkhaland.”
Besides, Trinamul leaders had hinted that the party would use the Centre’s assurance on the Gorkhaland committee to corner the BJP in the plains and cement its support base.
The BJP had polled more votes than Trinamul in several wards of SMC in the Lok Sabha elections.
Gurung today said: “I will be going to Calcutta to perform a puja at Kalighat on November 29. I will again go to Varanasi for a puja between December 9 and 16. We will be performing a puja in Darjeeling for three days from December 26. The puja is being done for our party.”
The hill leader said he would invite the representatives of 10 hill communities, which are demanding tribal status, to Delhi between December 16 and 26.
“We will together meet central ministers to pursue this demand,” said Gurung. The ten hill communities are Bhujel, Gurung, Mangar, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunwar, Thami and Yakhha (Dewan).
Siliguri district BJP president Rathindra Bose today came down heavily on north Bengal development minister Gautam Deb on the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. Addressing media persons here, Mr Bose claimed that the Trinamul Congress-led state government had itself made way for the Gorkhaland demand when it signed a tripartite agreement for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). “The ruling party will be held responsible for (people in the Hills) demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland,” he said. Mr Deb has alleged that the BJP was trying to divide Bengal, as the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) has claimed that home minister Rajnath Singh has agreed to constitute a committee to examine the long-pending demands of the Darjeeling people. Addressing media persons yesterday, Mr Deb demanded that the BJP clear the air around the Gorkhaland issue. Mr Bose today claimed: “The first tripartite agreement was signed to set up the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) during the Left regime, following agitation by the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) in Darjeeling Hills. That time, the agreement was signed after ‘dropping the demand for Gorkhaland’ and this was mentioned in the agreement. But the Trinamul Congress government signed the GTA tripartite agreement by ‘keeping on record the demand for Gorkhaland,’ thus officially paving the way for people in the Hills to demand Gorkhaland. ” “The BJP’s stand is clear, and the party is still against division of Bengal. In my party’s manifesto, it was clearly mentioned that the party would ‘sympathetically consider the long-standing demands’ of the Hill people. We also mentioned the same for several other ethnic groups living in north Bengal and the northeast and recognition of their languages,” Mr Bose said. He added that the Central government has agreed to constitute a committee to examine the demands of the Darjeeling people. “It does not mean that the BJP is dividing Bengal,” he said.(sns)
As always, come winter time, and Darjeeling sees less of the sunshine and witnesses more of the biting cold. While Sandakphu, Phalut and Tonglu on the outskirts of the town witnessed the first snowfall of the season today, it rained slightly in Darjeeling. According to Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) tourism secretary Sonam Bhutia, the weather condition here was “bad” today. Mr Bhutia said that it snowed in Sandakphu today and that it was the “first snow of this season in the area, and a delight for tourists” flocking in from far and wide. “Too cold,” was a remark made by Yasmin Subba, a resident of Darjeeling, when asked about the weather conditions. “This winter seems to be colder than last year’s,” said another resident. The chill in the air is growing, and the use of heaters and fireplaces has already started in government offices as well as individual houses. Warm woolen clothes, sipping a hot cuppa, playing games like the chungi and macha-kara, and badminton to warm up the body are a few remedies for the extreme cold that has gripped Darjeeling right now. Fashion stores in the town are also flooded with the latest designer winter boots, jackets, gloves, mufflers and many more essentials for the long cold winter that lies ahead.(sns)
Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung on Wednesday returned home to
Darjeeling after a 10-day of tour of Delhi and Varanasi. Talking to
reporters in Kurseong, he said his entourage was on a pilgrimage tour to
pursue the party’s paramount demand of a Gorkhaland state. On November
24, the GJM team met Union home minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him
of the party’s decision to hold programmes in the national capital from
December 18 to 20 in support of Gorkhaland.
According to Gurung, the home minister
assured them of setting up a committee to look into the demand of a
separate state of Gorkhaland. Following this assurance, the GJM decided
to postpone the Delhi programme slated from December 18-20.When asked
when the proposed committee would be formed, he said the home minster
has assured him it would be after the winter parliamentary session.
North Bengal Development Department
Minister Gautam Deb said in Siliguri, however, that there would be no
bifurcation of West Bengal at any cost. “The state government will do
everything it can for the development of the hills, but we will not
allow the formation of Gorkhaland,” he said.The Minister acknowledged
that the BJP had mentioned its support on the Gorkhaland issue in its
manifesto before the Lok Sabha Elections earlier this year, but its
stand on the issue was still not clear and needs clarification. (With
inputs from HS)
The Army will conduct a week-long recruitment rally at J K College in Purulia during 9-14 December for job aspirants hailing from the four districts of North-24 Parganas, Hooghly, Bankura and Purulia. The registration will commence at the venue at 5 a.m. and close at 7 a.m. everyday. Army has taken up the drive for recruitment in soldier general duty, technical, clerical and storekeeper trades. Male job aspirants, aged 17.6-21 years and born between 9 December 1993 and 9 June 1997, are eligible to apply for soldier general duty. For the technical and all other trades, the age requirement is 17.6 - 23 years with the day of birth falling between 9 December 1991 and 9 June 1997. To try his/her luck in the recruitment rally, a general category aspirant shall be 169 cms in height, less than 50 kg in weight and the chest measurements should be 77 to 82 cms. For aspirants belonging to Scheduled Tribe category, there is a weight relaxation of 2 kgs but other requirements will be the same.
मङपुका एक समाजसेवी
व्यक्तित्व एवं ब्यापारी के.बी.गुरुङको
हिज मध्य रातमा सडक दुर्घटनामा
परेर मृत्यु भएको छ | उनी केही दिन देखि शारीरिक अस्वस्थ्य
रहेको कारण सिलगडीको एउटा निजि
असपतालमा उपचारधीन थिए भने
हिज राती सिलगड़ी नर्शिंङ होमबाट
उपचारको निम्ति एम्बुलेन्समा
उनलाई कोलकत्ता लगिरहेको समय राईगन्ज
पुग्दा सडक दुर्घटनामा परि
उनको मृत्यु भएको छ | उनको आकस्मिक
निधनमा समग्र मङपुमा शोकको
लहर छाएको छ | यसरी उनी मङपु मोटर
कर्मचारी कल्याण संगठनका एक
कर्मठ सदश्य रहेको कारण चालक
संगठन उनको दुखद निधनमा गहिरो
शोक सम्वेदना प्रकट गर्दछ भन्ने जानकारी चालक संघका सभापति
हर्क पाख्रीनले दिएका छन | यस्तै
गरि उनि मङपु रेसेप बजार मर्च्न
एसोसिएसन का पनि एक कर्मठ सदश्य
रहेको कारण आज एक दिन शोक
पालन गर्दै रेसेप बजार मर्च्न
एसोसिएसन भित्र पर्ने सम्पूर्ण
ब्यापारी प्रतिष्ठान बन्द
रहने भएको छ | उनको दुखद निधनमा
शोक पालन गर्दै दुखको यस घडीमा
ईश्वरले उनको परिवारप्रति
शहन गर्ने शक्ति प्रदान गरुन
भनि ब्यापारी संगठन प्राथना
गर्दछ भनि संगठनका सयुक्त सचिव
हिमत कोठारीले जनाएका छन | स्व.गुरुङको
मङपुका एक असल ब्यापारी अनि
समाजसेवी व्यक्तित्व रहेको
कारण उनको निधनमा “नालीडाड़ा
ब्यापरी संगठन”ले पनि गहिरो
शोक सम्बेदना प्रकट गरेका
Minister Gautam Deb today said the state government and the Trinamul Congress would put up a resistance to any attempt to form Gorkhaland, a statement seen as a bid by the party to corner the BJP in the coming elections to the Siliguri Municipal Corporation and Mahakuma Parishad.
The north Bengal development minister was alluding to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s claim yesterday that Union home minister Rajnath Singh had agreed to set up a committee to look into the hill people’s demand for the separate state.
Morcha president Bimal Gurung had also written about the assurance on his Facebook page.
Sources in Trinamul today said the party would use the anti-Gorkhaland plank to eat into the BJP votes. “Going by the results of the Lok Sabha polls, it is evident that the BJP had marched ahead of Trinamul in some SMC and SMP areas. So, Trinamul is considering the BJP as the principal contender. Trinamul will whip up anti-Gorkhaland sentiments to garner votes in the elections,” a source said.
Deb said today: “It seems the BJP and the Morcha are making another attempt to separate Darjeeling from Bengal. We want to make it clear that all possible effort would be put up by our government as well as our party to resist any attempt to divide the state.”
He said: “The BJP is hatching a conspiracy to foment trouble across Bengal. That is why it is inciting the Morcha to raise the demand for Gorkhaland again. We will not tolerate such acts that can lead to breach of law and order. I will go to Calcutta tomorrow and speak with party leaders and senior ministers on the Facebook post (of Gurung) to decide the future course of action.”
Gurung had written in his Facebook post on Monday: “I am happy to inform to all our supporters that Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon’ble Home Minister has agreed to set up a committee to examine our century old demand of Gorkhaland today.”
Trinamul insiders said the party would seize on the supposed central assurance to consolidate its support base in the plains. “We can now tell the people in the plains about the plan by the BJP and the Morcha to move ahead with Gorkhaland,” a party source said.
Trinamul union merger
Four unions of tea garden workers loyal to the Trinamul Congress have been asked by the party leadership to merge and form a single union.
Trinamul Tea Plantation Workers’ Union, Dooars Terai Plantation Workers’ Union, Darjeeling District Tea Employees and Workers’ Union and the INTTUC are the four bodies loyal to Trinamul in the tea gardens of north Bengal.
“On November 22, leaders Mamata Banerjee, Mukul Roy and Partha Chatterjee gave us a specific instruction to join hands and float a single trade union. The new union might get a new name or choose the name of any of the four existing trade unions,” said Alok Chakraborty, the working president of the Trinamul Tea Plantation Workers’ Union.
Members and supporters of the Darjeeling Dooars United Development Foundation (DDUDF) are an elated lot after their chief, Mahendra P Lama, was invited by the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad to speak during the ‘Global Conference on Narratives of National Security’ on 25-26 November at Islamabad in Pakistan. DDUDF activitist Bhusan Chettri said that not only the country, but the whole world respects Mr Lama, “as he always has security and development of the country in his mind.” “Not only that, he has vast knowledge of the world and the region at large, and he is counted upon as an expert by countries the world over,” he said. “Hence, it is only through Mr Lama that the Gorkha people will finally find their destiny on different aspects,” Mr Chettri added. He, however, lamented: “Despite this fact, it is unfortunate that although the country as a whole and the world has come to appreciate the value of being Mahendra P Lama, his very own people are not aware of who he is.”