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GJM delegation with Bimal Gurung met Narendra Modi for Gorkhaland

GJM delegation with Bimal Gurung met Narendra Modi for Gorkhaland
After the Gorkhaland Dharna at Jantar Mantar, The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president and the GTA chief Bimal Gurung with his party delegation and Darjeeling MP Shri S.S Ahulwalia met Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and briefed about the Gorkhaland Demand for the Gorkhas.

According to Bimal Gurung Official page on Facebook it has been written that.....

"A 7 member delegation led by President of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Shri Bimal Gurung with Hon'ble Member of Parliament, Shri S.S Ahulwalia, Roshan Giri, Binoy Tamang, Anit Thapa, Dr Harkha Bhadur Chettri and Arun Sigchi met the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and briefed about the century old demand of the Gorkhas i.e. Gorkhaland.
The meeting lasted for 30 minutes. The meeting was positive and fruitful and we are hopeful that the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India will fulfill the dreams of the Gorkhas.
The Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi also appreciated the work done by the GTA in the Swaach Bharat Abhiyan.
The Memorandum given to the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is given below.
To,
Shri Narendra Modi
Hon'ble Prime Minister,
New Delhi.
Hon’ble Sir,
We would like to place before your good self this memorandum on the issue of creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland. Since the last eight years now, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is an alliance partner of the BJP. We have not only supported and ensured victory of BJP candidate in Darjeeling, Shri SS Ahluwalia but also campaigned and contributed in the victory of BJP candidates in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Assam. In 2009 also, the GJM had ensured victory of Shri Jaswant Singh as the Member of Parliament from Darjeeling.
Sir, Gorkhaland issue is a demand for a separate state comprising Darjeeling, Siliguri Terai and Dooars areas within the framework of the Indian Constitution. The demand has historical justification, socio-cultural backdrop and political rationale. It is the oldest demand in the country having been first raised in 1907. Since then, this demand has been raised 29 times in various shapes and forms.
Indian Gorkhas have contributed equally as any other citizen of this country in nation building. Yet there is a feeling within that they have not been given due share as equal stakeholders. Gorkha soldiers in the Gorkha regiment and in paramilitary forces have been in the forefront in defending the nation from external as well as internal threat. From the 1962 Indo-China war to the Mumbai blast attacks, Gorkha soldiers have played a stellar role in securing the country.
The statue of Shahid Durga Malla in Parliament premises opposite Gate No. 5 stands testimony to contribution of Gorkhas in Freedom struggle. The renowned advocate Ari Bahadur Gurung from Kalimpong was a member of the Constituent Assembly of India.
There is a strong feeling amongst the people of Darjeeling and surrounding areas that their aspirations have not been fulfilled while being a part of West Bengal. This sense of being deprived of social, educational and political empowerment can only be addressed by the creation of a separate state. Gorkhas are different culturally, ethnically and linguistically and find it difficult to identify with mainstream Bengal. Historically, Darjeeling was never a part of West Bengal.
Over 1200 persons have died during the earlier agitation period between 1985 and 1988 for Gorkhaland state. Now, under the leadership of Shri Bimal Gurung and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha which he formed in 2007 to lead a second movement for separate state, Gorkhas are hopeful that their dreams will finally come true.
The Government of India decided to setup a separate autonomous Administrative body called Gorkhaland Territorial Administration to Administer the Darjeeling Hill Region of West Bengal so that the socio economic, infrastructural, educational, cultural and linguistic development is expedited, thereby achieving all round development of the people of the region.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha while signing the Memorandum of Agreement of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration which was signed on 18th July, 2011 at Pintail Village, Sukna in the presence of Shri P. Chidambaram, the then Hon’ble Union Home Minister, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister, West Bengal and Shri Bimal Gurung, Hon'ble Chief Executive, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration kept the Gorkhaland demand on record.
The word " Gorkhaland" has also been legitimized by West Bengal state government by passing the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Act in the state assembly. Now Gorkhaland is a legitimized word and even the President of India signed the GTA Bill which gives his assent to the word Gorkhaland.
Sir, we would also like to remind your good self that during your campaign meeting in Siliguri in 2014, you had stated that "Gorkha ka sapna mera sapna hai". The statement had sent a wave of hope and encouragement among Gorkhas.
We would also remind here that the BJP has in its national manifesto of 2009 and 2014 (please find copies attached) said that it will "We will sympathetically examine and appropriately consider the long pending demands of the Gorkhas, the Adivasis and other people of Darjeeling district and Dooars region.
Following the successful installation of your government, Gorkhas are now looking up to you and your government to initiate the process by taking appropriate steps with regard to fulfilling the dream of the people of the region by “sympathetically examining and appropriately considering” their long-pending demand.
Yours Sincerely
Bimal Gurung
President
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha"

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