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Binoy Tamang,President Gorkha Janmukti Morcha
I have just come across the press release of Raju Bista, BJP MP from Darjeeling who won the elections by giving false hope to the Gorkhas that BJP will bring the Gorkhaland bill in the parliament as they come to power in 2019.
Firstly I would like draw the attention to the MP that Dilip Ghosh who is currently the BJP President of West Bengal gave his comment about 11 Gorkhas were shot down for destroying public property in a talk show in NDTV where he reiterated his statement that people who destroy public property could be shot down just like dogs.
My question to Raju Bista and Dilip Ghosh is that were the 11 Gorkhas who were martyred in 2017, martyred for destroying public property ? or were they martyred for fighting for our century old demand of Gorkhaland ?
Why hasn’t Dilip Ghosh or Raju Bista acknowledged the 11 martyrs who died for Gorkhaland ?
In the Tv show Dilip Ghosh clearly made a point that the Gorkhas were killed while destroying public property and it seems like Dilip Ghosh very much approved the killing of our bothers for Gorkhaland in 2017.
Today Raju Bista approving and defending Dilip Ghosh shows the same attitude whereby he approves the theory our Gorkha brothers were martyred because of destroying public property.
Union minister Babul Supriyo has already reacted to Dilip Ghosh's West Bengal BJP chief's statement saying it is not the party's stand but it’s sad that our own MP has sided by the person who has given such an insensitive comment about the Gorkha Community
Binoy Tamang
President
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha

Effigies of Dilip Ghosh burnt in parts of Hills in protest against statement on Gorkha martyrs
Siliguri: Effigies of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh were torched in different parts of the Darjeeling Hills on Thursday, after his statement against 'persons destroying public property' invoked widespread ire from the Hills. Effigies were torched at Darjeeling Chowk Bazar and on NH55, among other areas. Ghosh had allegedly stated in an interview to a TV channel that persons who destroy public property should be "shot like dogs". He had also drawn a reference to 11 persons dying in police firing in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills during the 2017 agitation.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had asked Ghosh to withdraw his statement or face protests. On Thursday, Darjeeling MP Raju Bista stood by Ghosh and claimed that his statements were being distorted for political gain. Reacting to this, GJM president Binay Tamang said: "Firstly I would like to draw the attention of the MP to the fact that Dilip Ghosh, who is currently the BJP president of Bengal, gave his comment about 11 Gorkhas who were shot down for destroying public property, in a talk show in NDTV, where he reiterated his statement that people who destroy public property could be shot down just like dogs."

Tamang threw a question at Ghosh and Bista, asking them to clarify whether the 'martyrs' were shot for taking part in the Gorkhaland agitation, or for destroying public property. "Why hasn't Dilip Ghosh or Raju Bista acknowledged the 11 martyrs who died for Gorkhaland? Union minister Babul Supriyo has already reacted to Ghosh's statement saying it is not the party's stand. But it's sad that our own MP has stood by the person who has made such an insensitive comment about the Gorkha Community," added Tamang. Talking to media persons on Thursday, GJM Yuva Morcha president Alok Kanta Mani Thulung said: "He has to seek apology and withdraw his statement. He has hurt our sentiments. BJP's false assurances in 2017 had prompted the whole agitation. They wanted unrest in Bengal in order to seize power."

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Gorkha Janmukti Yuwa Morcha Mungpoo
आज मङपु लाब्दा समष्टि युवा मोर्चाले पनि एक प्रेस बिज्ञाप्तिद्वारा गोर्खा माथिको गरेको बंगाल प्रदेश भाजपा अद्यक्ष दिलिप घोषको टिप्पणी माथि घोर बिरोध गरेको छ l लाब्दा मंग्पू सम्स्टी युवा मोर्चा प्रवक्ता श्रीमान बिभोर तामांगले भने की भारत कुन संबिधान र कानुनमा गोर्खालाई कुकुर जस्तो ब्यवहार गरेर गोलि ठोक्ने यो लेखिएको छ?आज भारत राष्ट्र भरि बसेको बासिन्दाहरुलाई मिठो अनि शान्तिको निन्द्रा दिनको निम्ति देशको चारै तिर गोर्खा अनिधो बसिरहेको छ, देशले बलिदान माङ्गद गोर्खा कहिले पछि हटेको इतिहास छैन,भारत राष्ट्रको प्रगतिको क्षेत्रमा हेर्दा पनि सबै क्षेत्रमा गोर्खाको अरु जातीको जतिकै योगदान छ, दिलिप घोषलाई यस्तो टिप्पणी गोर्खा माथि गर्ने कुनै अधिकार छैन र यसको बिरोध दार्जीलिंगको हर क्षेत्रबाट, हरेक जाति एवं समुदायबाट हुनेछ यो कुरा राजनैतिक नभएर सामुदायिक भएको छ जो अहिले पहाडमा आगो जस्तो फैली रहेको बताए भने लाब्दा मंग्पू समस्टीको अद्यक्ष श्री दिब्य बम्जनले मंग्पू मात्र नभएर सबै पहाडबाटै यसको घोर भर्त्स्ना गरिनु पर्ने आवाहन गरे साथै यो दिलिप घोषको बयानले हरेक गोर्खालीको छात्तीमा अनि भावनामा गहिरो चोट लागेको छ र जाति प्रति यस्तो कुनै पनि नकारात्मक पहल हुन्छ भने युवा मोर्चाले कदापी सहन नगर्ने बताएl
उक्त प्रेस बिज्ञप्तीमा बिशेस रुपमा समस्ती युवा मोर्चा सचिव श्रीमान सरद थापाको पनि उपस्थिति रहेको जानकारी रहेको छl

NCP extends support to Mamata over stand against CAA, NRC & NPR
Siliguri: The Nationalist Congress Party has extended support to the anti-CAA, anti-NRC and anti-NPR stand of Mamata Banerjee. They have also stated that they will join the protest rally led by Banerjee to be held in Darjeeling on January 22, if they get an official invite. Talking to media persons in Darjeeling on Wednesday, Faizal Ahmed, president, NCP, Darjeeling district, said: "Mamata Banerjee is doing a commendable job with the protests against CAA, NRC and NPA. NCP president Sharad Pawar had pledged support to her in her protests. We will join the protest rally in Darjeeling on January 22 if we get an official invite. We will extend full support to her."

Ahmed also reaffirmed his party's support to the Gorkhas. "NCP has always stood by the Gorkhas and will continue doing so. The BJP led by Narendra Modi and Amit Shah is trying to alienate the Muslim community and the Gorkhas. They are trying to label us as outsiders using NRC. It is a conspiracy by the RSS implemented by BJP," alleged Ahmed. He further alleged that Modi and Shah were aiming at creating unrest in the country by creating rifts between different communities. "Modi had stated that the Gorkha dream is his dream. What has happened to the fate of the dream? He just used the people of Darjeeling to win parliamentary elections. They have not fulfilled any of their assurances in the Hills or elsewhere," he added.

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BJP state president Dilip Ghosh
Siliguri: BJP state president Dilip Ghosh's statement on the issue of vandalising public property and the death of 11 persons in the 2017 agitation in Darjeeling Hills has drawn flak from the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay Tamang faction). They have threatened to come out in the streets in protest, if Ghosh does not withdraw his statement immediately. "In a television interview, Ghosh had dubbed the 11 martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the 2017 agitation as antisocial elements, who were rightly shot by the police for vandalising government property. He has also indicated that Gorkhas are foreigners and has likened them to dogs," alleged Binay Tamang, president, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.

Ghosh had further stated in a news channel that those who vandalise national property "are to be shot like dogs". "We strongly condemn Dilip Ghosh's statement and ask him to withdraw his statement at the earliest. His statement is proof enough of the BJP's attitude towards the Gorkhas in Bengal. The 11 Gorkhas were martyred at a time when the Bimal Gurung-led GJMM had teamed up with the BJP. The agitation was started by Bimal Gurung with the faith that BJP would work towards the creation of Gorkhaland. It was because of this faith on the saffron party that the Gorkhas had given their lives in the agitation. However, the statement given by Dilip Ghosh likening the Gorkhas to dogs is a mark of betrayal of the Gorkhas," stated Tamang.

The GJM president further stated that it is because of such statements that the party is standing against BJP. "They are in the process of throwing out 2 lakh Gorkhas from Assam by declaring them as refugees on the basis of NRC. The same will be implemented throughout the country. BJP leaders consider the Gorkhas as foreigners. The BJP is not a friend of the Gorkhas. If Dilip Ghosh doesn't take back his words calling the 11 martyrs antisocial and fit to be shot like dogs, then we will come out on the roads in protest," warned Tamang. The GJM has also asked the Hill political parties, who are allies of BJP, to comment on Ghosh's statement. "They should also ask BJP to conduct an enquiry against Ghosh," stated Tamang.

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Sikkim and Dhaka – Darjeeling direct routes not possible
A Bangladesh government report has said that it is not possible to inaugurate direct routes between Dhaka and Sikkim and between Dhaka and Darjeeling. 
The report additionally states:  “Dhaka – Sikkim and Dhaka – Darjeeling direct route is not feasible as the roads are narrow and there are risky bends on both the routes after Shiliguri.
“A direct route from Dhaka to Shiliguri is however possible as the road till Shiliguri is wide and does not have any risky bends.”  
Shiliguri is the entry point for getting to both Sikkim and Darjeeling as the road forms a Y right passed it and starts to get ever so narrow.  
It has been suggested that people from Bangladesh desiring to travel to Gangtok from Dhaka, a popular tourist city in India’s northeastern state of Sikkim, will have to take a smaller bus from Shiliguri to Gangtok as roads are mostly narrow in Sikkim.  

Bangladesh and India had earlier decided to launch direct bus services on the Dhaka-Sikkim and Dhaka-Darjeeling routes. 
The Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) ran a trial bus service from Dhaka on December 12, 2019, to Darjeeling and the Sikkim capital of Gangtok following the decision. The team returned in Dhaka on December 16. 
The team recently submitted a report narrating their experiences and suggesting recommendations to the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry for sharing with the Indian government. 
The report suggested that the Dhaka-Darjeeling route was not feasible for direct bus services as the road structure in Darjeeling is very narrow with risky bends. Darjeeling is about 7,000 feet above sea level. 
The way to Gangtok is not so wide as well. Assessing the situation, the report suggested launching a Dhaka-Shiliguri direct bus service. 
Although road connectivity between Bangladesh and India already exists, it is not direct. Passengers have to change buses at the border. But under the new initiatives, passengers will not have to change buses.  

“As the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) has been delayed due to Bhutan’s temporary withdrawal from the BBIN-MVA, we tried the Bangladesh-India-Nepal (BIN) agreement. But as   Nepal also shied away from the proposal, we decided  to do a bilateral agreement with India for smooth movements in India’s tourist spots,” said Ahsan Elahi, chairman, BRTC, who led the trial run to India.
“We have already sent a proposal to the Indian government regarding the bilateral deal,” he added. 
“If India agrees to sign the deal, then a protocol would also need to be signed between the two countries regarding a direct bus service,” he told Dhaka Tribune. 
Chandan Kumar Dey, a member of the Thematic Group on Regional Connectivity at the Road Transport and Bridges Ministry, told Dhaka Tribune, “It takes more than three months to complete the procedure of a deal and the signing of the protocol.” 
The BBIN countries signed the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) for free movement of goods and passengers among the four countries on June 15, 2015. But Bhutan could not have the deal ratified by its parliament. 
The trial bus service on the Bangladesh-India-Nepal route was flagged off on April 23. The Bangladesh representatives on the trial bus service suggested that the Nepal government improve road infrastructure as the country’s roads were not smooth for plying. The Nepal government is yet to implement the recommendations and upgrade the roads.

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