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Gurung revises deadline for state

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 18, 2009

Gorkhaland Personnel keep vigil outside Gymkhana Club in Darjeeling on Friday.

Gorkhaland Personnel keep vigil outside Gymkhana Club in Darjeeling on Friday.

Darjeeling, July 17: Bimal Gurung today asked his supporters to have “patience” to achieve Gorkhaland and said it could take more time to fulfil the dream of a separate state than the deadline he had set.

The president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had earlier said if he could not achieve Gorkhaland by March 10, 2010, he would shoot himself in front of his supporters. Today, Gurung, said he still believed in his deadline, but added hurriedly that it could also be delayed a bit.

“March 10, 2010 was my vision. We are technically working towards achieving Gorkhaland within that period. However, there would be some delay or maybe, it could be achieved earlier also. Even God can make mistakes. I am just a human being,” Gurung said at Gymkhana Club, where the booklet, Why Gorkhaland, was released and distributed to the gathering.

Gurung turned the tables on the people and spoke of his commitment towards the cause. “Today is my birthday and I cannot lie. Chief minister had asked me to run the DGHC with more power and money on March 11, 2008. I did not accept the offer because I will accept nothing less than Gorkhaland. One must never run after power,” he said.“If you really want Gorkhaland, you must have patience.”

The leader said the GNLF leaders in Siliguri were looking at coming up to the hills after March 2010.

“Apart from them, there are a lot of other opportunists also. I have said we will need more time and if the people do not want me but want these opportunists, I have nothing to say. I will sacrifice myself for the cause of Gorkhaland,” said Gurung.

MPs meet minister

In New Delhi, the two MPs of Sikkim, P.D. Rai and O.T. Lepcha, on Friday took up with Union home Minister P. Chidambaram the hardship being faced by the people of the state because of the indefinite bandh called by the Morcha. Both the parliamentarians requested the Union minister to enhance the helicopter services to Sikkim immediately to tide over the emergencies.

Source:The Telegraph

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