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GJMM goes soft on ‘Gorkhaland’ for now

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 1, 2009

SILIGURI, 30 JUNE: Conceding the BJP’s suggestion for a review of the fast track approach to Gorkhaland, the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) has decided to steer away from any aggressive agitation in the immediate future.
Instead, the Hill party would now focus on a drawn-out campaign in New Delhi for the demanded statehood, while keeping the momentum alive in Darjeeling through milder agitations.
The development took place at a meeting of the GJMM Central Committee held at its Singmari headquarters in Darjeeling today, chaired by the party supremo Mr Bimal Gurung.
“In today’s meeting, the president mainly announced some reshuffling in the party organisation, but no decision was taken to begin any major agitation immediately,” the GJMM general secretary Mr Roshan Giri announced.
Today’s development is in contradiction to the GJMM chief’s announcement earlier this month, when he asked the Hill people to prepare for a ‘long-shutdown’.
“We are not going for an indefinite bandh immediately. Instead, beginning on the first week of July, the various frontal organisations of our party would resort to other form of agitations to impress upon the Centre to convene the third round of tripartite talks at the earliest date possible. In case the Centre does pay any heed, there could also be a one-day token strike in Darjeeling Hills by mid July,” said Mr Harkabahadur Chhetri, the new press and publicity secretary of the GJMM, after today’s reshuffle. The previous incumbent of the post, Mr Binay Tamang, has been moved to the central committee as an assistant secretary. The party has also inducted eight new members into the central committee, designating them as organisational secretaries. Besides this, two existing committee members have also been recalled and made advisors instead. Meanwhile, according to the GJMM, the party’s ally BJP’s Darjeeling MP Mr Jaswant Singh is scheduled to raise the Gorkhaland issue in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session commencing 2 July.
“Mr Singh would also facilitate a national level seminar on the Gorkhaland demand in New Delhi with influential political and press personalities, which would take place in July. Also, journalists Mr Arun Shourie and Mr Vir Sangvi would visit the Darjeeling Hills to assess the statehood demand,” Mr Chhetri added.

SILIGURI, 30 JUNE: Conceding the BJP’s suggestion for a review of the fast track approach to Gorkhaland, the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) has decided to steer away from any aggressive agitation in the immediate future.

Instead, the Hill party would now focus on a drawn-out campaign in New Delhi for the demanded statehood, while keeping the momentum alive in Darjeeling through milder agitations.

The development took place at a meeting of the GJMM Central Committee held at its Singmari headquarters in Darjeeling today, chaired by the party supremo Mr Bimal Gurung.

“In today’s meeting, the president mainly announced some reshuffling in the party organisation, but no decision was taken to begin any major agitation immediately,” the GJMM general secretary Mr Roshan Giri announced.

Today’s development is in contradiction to the GJMM chief’s announcement earlier this month, when he asked the Hill people to prepare for a ‘long-shutdown’.

“We are not going for an indefinite bandh immediately. Instead, beginning on the first week of July, the various frontal organisations of our party would resort to other form of agitations to impress upon the Centre to convene the third round of tripartite talks at the earliest date possible. In case the Centre does pay any heed, there could also be a one-day token strike in Darjeeling Hills by mid July,” said Mr Harkabahadur Chhetri, the new press and publicity secretary of the GJMM, after today’s reshuffle. The previous incumbent of the post, Mr Binay Tamang, has been moved to the central committee as an assistant secretary. The party has also inducted eight new members into the central committee, designating them as organisational secretaries. Besides this, two existing committee members have also been recalled and made advisors instead. Meanwhile, according to the GJMM, the party’s ally BJP’s Darjeeling MP Mr Jaswant Singh is scheduled to raise the Gorkhaland issue in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session commencing 2 July.

“Mr Singh would also facilitate a national level seminar on the Gorkhaland demand in New Delhi with influential political and press personalities, which would take place in July. Also, journalists Mr Arun Shourie and Mr Vir Sangvi would visit the Darjeeling Hills to assess the statehood demand,” Mr Chhetri added.

Source: The Statesman

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