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GJMM to renew Gorkhaland agitation in more democratic manner

Bimal Gurung
Chief of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) and Gorkhaland Territorial administration (GTA), Bimal Gurung, on Tuesday said his party should now take forward its issues and fight for its 'aim,' given the "interference" of the state government in GTA matters.

"However, this time around, we will go ahead with the (Gorkhaland) agitation in a more democratic manner, without any violence," he said as he stopped in Kurseong on his way to Darjeeling from New Delhi.

"Until and unless the child doesn't cry, even the mother won't feed him/her milk," he added at the Kurseong Tourist Lodge.

Gurung said that the manner in which the state government has been interfering in the Hill matters, "I don't think I will take forward the GTA seriously."

According to him, the GTA is an autonomous body and it was given to the Hills by the state and the union government, "but despite this, the interference of the state government is still going on.

Speaking on the ongoing agitation over the Darjeeling RKSP School, he said that he has raised his voice for different regions like Assam, Manipur and others, and that he condemns the manner in which the government interfered in the "sacred education sector" and stopped the construction of the school building in Darjeeling.

Gurung lamented that he cancelled his puja/pilgrimage plans and stayed back in Darjeeling just to welcome chief minister Mamata Banerjee during her last visit to the hills, but that the "CM announced the Bhutia Development Board to again divide the Gorkha Community on the lines of caste."

"The Gorkha communities must not divide themselves for monetary gains, as Gorkhaland is much more important and larger than communities," he said.

He appealed to all the communities to move forward together for the cause of a separate state of Gorkhaland.

"I will inform the people in this regard (Gorkhaland agitation) at a later date," he said.

On the Siliguri Mahakuma Parishad elections he said that the GJMM decided to fight the polls as an NDA ally because, according to him, the SMP will not give the Hill people the state of Gorkhaland.

"It is the union government that will do the needful in this regard, and as such, we have decided to contest the SMP elections as an ally of the NDA," he said.(sns)

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