Darjeeling: Bandh called by GJM passes off peacefully

Darjeeling: Bandh called by GJM passes off peacefully”

The main restaurants, shops and a large section of the markets along with private service giving offices hung locks in support of the GJM party.

"She is going to grab everything", Roshan Giri, spokesperson for the GJM said on Saturday, shortly after announcing that the party had started a "decisive movement" for securing Gorkhaland. Making a shift in their strategy, GJM chief Bimal Gurung has hailed the bandh. "There may be a few bad apples, but most are good", she had said at a press conference. "I signed the resolution supporting Gorkhaland", he told HT.

The Gorkhas have been campaigning for decades for the new state. "This is politics, the art of the possible", Niraj Zimba, the spokesperson of GNLF, who was present at the meeting told the media. They just made an alliance with us for electoral benefits.

"We had heard about the trouble and still reached the hill resort on Friday, hoping that the situation would be normal", Priya Roy, a tourist from southern Bangalore, said.

In the last six years, Rs 3,925 crore has been sanctioned to the GTA for the development of the Hills.

BJP leaders, too, were a tad uncomfortable. If they wish to stay back, they may do so at their own risk. The aim, as the report said, was not to damage tourism, but hit the state administration apparatus really hard.

Incidentally, GJM is an ally of the NDA.

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On Thursday, after violence erupted during protests by the GJM, the police lodged an FIR against Gurung.

Darjeeling: Gorkhaland supporters on Monday vandalised government offices in Darjeeling as the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown forced tourists out of the picturesque hill station due to threat of violence.

Apart from the GJM bandh, north Bengal was also rocked by a sudden strike by tea garden workers, reported Hindustan Times.

So far, five GJM activists have been arrested, and flag marches by the army have been withdrawn. The parties described as unfortunate the police action on June 8 and on Tuesday.

File picture of AIGLleader Bharti Tamang. "I will fight for a separate Gorkhaland till death", he said. While the state unit of the BJP does not want a separate state to be carved out of Bengal, the central leadership has been dangling the proverbial carrot since the tenure of former Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh's tenure.

The GJM has called for an indefinite strike until the demands of separate Gorkhaland is met. "The government is very tough", added the West Bengal Chief Minister.

The All India Gorkha League refused to attend a meeting called forth by a party whose "hands are full of blood". The GJM Supremo Bimal Gurung said that the state has taken the resources of the hills and returned nothing. As retaliation Gurung who took out long rallies last week said all the public institutions in the GTA area, including those that fall in the Terrain and plains would only use English and Nepali in signboards apparently taking the language war to polarise the populace.

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