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Darjeeling waits for another indefinite bandh spell

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 29, 2009

SILIGURI: After the temporary withdrawal of the indefinite bandh called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, life in Darjeeling hills is returning to normal. But this is only lull before the storm.

“It is not a total withdrawal of the bandh. A temporary phase only. We shall wait to see the outcome of the next tripartite meet on August 11 and decide the future course of action by August 17,” said GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.

It is clear that the tripartite meet is not going to yield anything positive in favour of Gorkhaland. So, the future course will definitely include another bandh spell. Undoubtedly, that is going to be more aggressive and decide the fate of the party itself in hills.

We cannot allow the state to get divided, Union finance ministerPranab Mukherjee had clarified the Centre’s stand on the issue earlier.

The state is ready to give more financial power to the hills. But division is not acceptable, state CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had said. The new bonhomie between GJM with BJP central leaders has not helped much. The BJP state committee too is against the GJM.

So, it is obvious the GJM will have to come back from Delhi without anything specific on Gorkhaland. With the central and state governments against the demand and the BJP being of little help, the GJM has now developed bitter enmity with the Adivasis too. GJM’s only pillar of support are the hills people.

If Mr Gurung and his colleagues return empty-handed from Delhi, it would definitely wean away many supporters. This would jeopardise the very existence of GJM.

The only alternative for them is yet another long, aggressive bandh to mark their own presence by shattering lives of others, exactly the way things used to be during the Subash Ghising era, said political observers.

Source:Economic Times


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