GORKHA POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: GJM reiterates 48 hour Bandh from 15th – 16th May at Sukna – reclaiming Siliguri ‘politically’ ?!!
By Our Special News Correspondent
Darjeeling, May 9, 2010: Contrary to the ‘threats’ issued by Bangla O Bangla Bhasha Banchao Committee (Bobbbc), based in Siliguri, the planned GJM meet went ahead peacefully at Sukna yesterday, where the GJM reiterated its earlier stand on a 48 hour bandh in the area.
This bandh call comes on the heels of yet another bandh announced by the Bobbbc for the 14th of May to primarily protest the then 2nd Tripartite Political Level Meet on the “GJM Interim Authority Issue” in Delhi.
The scheduled date, of the 14th of May 2010, was however postponed by the Central Government to the last week of May (tentatively the 25th ?!!) due to some ‘other important issues’ at the centre, as claimed by the Union Government.
Meanwhile, another date, the 11th of May was chosen for yet another ‘secretarial level tripartite talk’, first at Darjeeling and then repositioned to Delhi, to mainly thrash out the territorial issue of the proposed “Interim Setup”.
Meanwhile, the Bobbbc, in sync with the developments stated that its bandh call of the 14th of May, was now aimed at protesting the ‘misuse’ of DGHC funds by the GJM instead.
Meanwhile, from KalimNews – needs serious editing ?!!
In its organisational meeting held at Sukna, 15 km from Siliguri which is regarded as gateway to Darjeeling, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung announced different programmes to be observed.
One of the programmes include the 48 hrs. bundh from 15th May to 16th May in proposed Gorkhaland areas.
Apart from this, the party has also decided to keep the govt. offices shut down from Monday i.e. 10th May.
However, the educational institutions shall remain open during the 48 hrs. bundh, party added.
The party has also announced to observe hunger strike in Terai and Dooars to demand the regions in the proposed interim set-up.
Today’s meeting was attended by most of the party followers of the Darjeeling hills and Terai and Dooars despite opposition from the anti-Gorkhaland forces existing in Siliguri.
GJM calls for 48-hr bandh from May 15 in hills
Siliguri, Saturday, May 8 2010: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today called for a 48-hour general strike from May 15, demanding a separate Gorkhaland in the hills.
Addressing a rally at Sukna, GJM president Bimal Gurung said, ”Not a single government office will be allowed to function in the area during bandh.”
Besides, a ‘relay hunger strike’ would be organised at different places Monday onwards in Terai, Dooars, Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong, falling under the ”Gorkhaland” demanded by the GJM, he added.
No government vehicle, except those of the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police, will be allowed to ply from May 10 onwards, according to Gurung.
Bangla (o bangla) Bhasa Ba(n)chao Committees, headed by Dr Mukundo Majumdar, meanwhile took out a rally on the streets at Sukna to protest the GJM’s demand. (now, did they really ?!!)
FURTHERMORE, KALIMNEWS CONTINUES
– no concrete political programs yet for ‘way forward’, still shadow boxing ?!!
(Kalimpong, May 8, 2010): Dawa Sherpa (Ex-IPS) and Secretary of the West Bengal state’s Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has been nominated as the Convenor of the Democratic Forum (Ganatantrik Manch) formed today at Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Sammelan hall, Darjeeling in a meeting of the all-political parties of the hills.
However, the largest political party of the hills i.e. the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) of Subash Ghising were not seen represented in the meeting.
The meeting chaired by R.B. Rai, General Secretary of Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) formed the above forum and demanded early restoration of the democratic process in the hills which according to these party leaders has been crippled down by the GJM.
The meeting also demanded CBI probe into the alleged misuse of the fund in the DGHC and rejected the proposed interim set-up as mooted out by the GJM. The forum also demanded that the Gorkhaland Personnel, being run by the GJM as a voluntary force, to be banned in the public interest.
The meeting was attended by the leaders of CPRM, Akhil Bharatiy Gorkha League, Gorkha National Liberation Front (C), Sikkim Rastriya Morcha, Gorkha Rastriya Congress, Darjeeling-Sikkim Ekikaran Manch, Trinamul Congress (Hill).
They have decided to meet once again on 14th May and chalk out future course of action.
MEANWHILE, KALIMNEWS CONTINUES
– wonder what the conjecture is ?!!
Badri Narayan Pradhan, Ex-MP (Rajya Sabha), Political thinker and a renowned literary figure died of heart attack at his residence Bagrakote, Jalpaiguri today at 1230 hrs. He was 81.
According to family sources, the funeral will take place tomorrow at Sundari Busty near his residence in Bagrakote Tea Estate.
Late Pradhan was born on January 14, 1929 as a son of late Biru Narayan Pradhan and Padma Pradhan.
He was MP from 3-4-1984 to 28-1-1986.
He translated ‘Mother’ of Maxim Gorky in Nepali (Aamaa).
He also worked as a teacher in West Sikkim during the time of the then Chogyals and also rendered his services as Headmaster of Bagrakote High School.
Late Pradhan was honoured with various literary awards by different social and literary bodies.