Gorkha­land move­ment com­pletes 75 days

People's Review - - NEWS - By Our Re­porter

The Gorkha­land move­ment com­pleted 75 days of ag­i­ta­tion this week. How­ever, there has not been any sign about the end of the move­ment launched by the peo­ple of Dar­jeel­ing. The peo­ple of Dar­jeel­ing and the sur­round­ing ar­eas have been brav­ing the shut down for over 75 days and other dif­fi­cul­ties with the hope of re­al­is­ing their de­mands for a sep­a­rate state in the hills. How­ever, the state gov­ern­ment of West Ben­gal led by Ma­mata Be­nar­jee looked less se­ri­ous about the plights faced by the ag­i­tat­ing peo­ple. In­stead, she seemed to be ap­ply­ing all mea­sures to foil the move­ments ei­ther by us­ing force or caus­ing di­vi­sions among the lead­ers of the ag­i­tat­ing par­ties. Although the lead­ers of the Gorkha Jan­mukti Mor­cha (GJM) and other par­ties had an­nounced not to sit for talks with the state gov­ern­ment, a few hill lead­ers were pre­par­ing to hold talks with chief min­is­ter Be­nar­jee on Tuesday. GJM chief Bi­mal Gu­rung al­leged a con­spir­acy by some hill lead­ers against him in an au­dio mes­sage on Sun­day. GJM chief Gu­rung in his mes­sage warned the lead­ers that if they dis­cussed any other is­sue other than 'Gorkha­land' with the West Ben­gal gov­ern­ment, they would not be al­lowed to re­turn to the hills. His state­ment came be­fore the Tuesday's talks be­tween a sec­tion of the lead­ers of the hill par­ties and the state gov­ern­ment at the state sec­re­tar­iat in Kolkata. The meet­ing was con­vened by the Ma­mata Be­nar­jee-led gov­ern­ment, in re­sponse to a let­ter from the Gorkha Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Front (GNLF), re­quest­ing a di­a­logue to re­store nor­malcy in the Dar­jeel­ing. In his mes­sage, Gu­rung said, "There is a con­spir­acy by some hill lead­ers who are hand in glove with the state gov­ern­ment. They are try­ing to frame me and are pass­ing in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice. "Some lead­ers have writ­ten let­ters to the state gov­ern­ment with­out my per­mis­sion. In the next 1012 days, I will make their names pub­lic. The peo­ple of the hills will never for­give these traitors." Though the state gov­ern­ment seemed to have suc­ceeded to bring a di­vi­sion among the lead­ers, Dar­jeel­ing may not re­turn to nor­malcy. Although it has been two and a half months since the peo­ple of Nepali ori­gin have been ag­i­tat­ing in the bor­der­ing district of Dar­jeel­ing in In­dia, the lead­ers of Nepal have not ut­tered a sin­gle word in favour of them. Even Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba dur­ing his re­cent visit to In­dia did not raise the is­sue though In­dian For­eign Sec­re­tary S Jayashankar openly told that In­dia wanted amend­ment to the con­sti­tu­tion as de­manded by the Mad­hes-based par­ties. When In­dia backed the Mad­hesi par­ties and even im­posed block­ade in In­dia, Nepal should not hes­i­atate to support the peo­ple of Dar­jeel­ing. But the lead­ers in Nepal lack guts to give an answer to the In­dian lead­ers and bu­reau­crats in a tit for tat man­ner.

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