BREAKING NEWS: Bimal Gurung triumphantly returns to Darjeeling despite Section 144 being imposed – Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri requests 3 more days to reconsider, withdraws resignation… Gorkha Supremo Bimal Gurung shows no fear ?!!
By our Special News Correspondent
Darjeeling, May 25, 2010: In what can be seen as a triumphant and defiant comeback, GJM President Bimal Gurung returned to Darjeeling from Kalimpong, breaking the Administration imposed Section 144 and delivering another vitriolic speech at the old supermarket area here.
Meanwhile, according to reliable sources, the GJM Press & Publicity Spokesperson and key central committee member from Kalimpong Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri, withdrew his resignation late last night and has requested 3 more days to reconsider.
Kalimpong GJM press secretary, Kumar Chamling said he personally approached Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri on the request of GJM President Bimal Gurung after he gave a press conference at Kalimpong, last evening explaining why he had tendered his resignation.
Kumar Chamling said, “Bimal Gurung put forward two questions to Dr Chettri, which I conveyed,” he said and continued, “One was – ‘How has the GJM sold the Gorkhaland movement ?’ and the other was – ‘What proof has anyone got that GJM and I am personally involved in this heinous crime ?’”. (Referring to the open and brutal murder of Madan Tamang, that shocked and outraged Darjeeling and the world on May 21, 2010).
Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri who had earlier resigned on Monday, the 24th of May, 2010, saying that, “Being in the GJM, we have to bear ‘moral responsibility’ for creating the very atmosphere in which such a situation had been created.”
Mr Chamling said that Dr Harka Bahadur had then reconsidered and had officially withdrawn his resignation, but had requested 3 more days to reconsider.
When asked about the resignation of Advocate Anmol Prasad, Mr Kumar Chamling said, “that has been accepted”. On the question of accepting the resignations of other GJM members, Mr Chamling said that there would be a deliberation of the central committee members and a decision would be taken thereafter.
A leading member of the Gorkhaland Study Forum, Mr Pariyar, this evening also went on Local TV in Kalimpong and withdrew his resignation citing the point that “when asked to reconsider, I was made to realize that my resignation would adversely affect the ‘Cause’ which I, along with all my colleagues are very much ‘for’ from the very beginning.”
All Photos by Barun Roy:
MEANWHILE FROM THE HIMALAYN BEACON
Bimal Gurung enters Darjeeling with an Army of GLP and a sea of SupportersTHE HIMALAYAN BEACON
BY BARUN ROY
“GJM RALLY ON SUNDAY TO BE ATTENDED BY MORE THAN 500,000 SUPPORTERS”
“PEOPLE WHO TORE GJM FLAGS MUST BE ARRESTED”
“GJM CANNOT BE EASILY INTIMIDATED”
“HILLS WILL BURN IF ANY GJM LEADERS ARE TOUCHED BY THE POLICE”
BIMAL GURUNG, GJM President
3:30 PM, DARJEELING: Bimal Gurung, the President of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) along with party General Secretary Roshan Giri entered Darjeeling at around 3 pm with an army of Gorkhaland Personnel (GLP) and a sea of supporters.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha President’s motorcade consisted of more than 300 vehicles. Gurung along with Giri and Central Committee member Benoy Tamang alighted from their vehicle and walked through the Hill Cart escorted by GLP. Addressing an impromptu public rally at Old Super Market, the GJM Chief condemned the State Government for hatching a conspiracy in alliance with the anti-Gorkhaland parties to discredit Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
“If the Police has a shred of proof of my involvement in Madan Tamang’s murder then they can come and arrest me. However, if any of the leaders of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha party are touched without any proof the entire Darjeeling Hills will burn.”
He further said, “Those idiots who have torn our flags must be immediately found and arrested. However, if the police cannot find them then we certainly will. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha cannot be so easily intimidated.”
Warning the opposition parties he said, “It is pathetic that the handful of party who has no public base whatsoever has stooped down to play politics over a dead body.
They even used a funeral procession to try to weaken us and win over the public. The public must understand that we have been committed to Gandhism and nonviolence and that is why there has been peace in the hills.
No body ever complained when Subash Ghisingh called for 40 days of strike and people had to remain hungry. Why is it that there is so much of ruckus when we call for two days of strike.
The business committee and the educational establishments must understand that a violent and disruptive political movement is not in anyone’s favour. People will have to offer their allegiance to political parties keeping these things in mind.”
Offering a glimpse of what is in hand for the future, the GJM President said, “We will be organising a rally on the 30th of this month. The rally will be attended by more than 500,000 supporters from all over the hills. We will let the administration and the world know where we stand. Starting from the 15th of next month we will launch a number of agitational programmes.
I have taken it upon myself to take care of my people. If any of my supporter is wounded by the police I will take care of the family of that individual as a father. however, if the State Government persists we will break their born in the hills.”
Requesting the people especially in Darjeeling to open shops, the GJM President said, “I request you all to open the shops and help in returning back the situation to normal”.
Thousands of supporters danced and cheered at the GJM leader during his speech. The GJM President later walked through the Lebong Cart Road escorted by the GLP and the thousands of supporters towards Singamari. The procession was followed by a motorcade of more than 300 vehicles.
EARLIER THIS MORNING
DARJEELING: Police disperse Morcha supporters
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Posted by Barun Roy on May 25, 2010
Darjeeling: Police has begun strictly enforcing Section 144 in Darjeeling. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters and members of Gorkha Janmukti Nari Morcha were dispersed from Chowk Bazaar, Darjeeling. According to reports reaching Darjeeling, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha President Bimal Gurung’s motorcade has entered Darjeeling. The news is yet to be confirmed and updates are awaited.
DARJEELING: GJM General Secretary refutes charges says people are with us
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Posted by Barun Roy on May 25, 2010
DARJEELING: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha General Secretary Roshan Giri has condemned the politics played over the death of the All India Gorkha League President Madan Tamang.
Speaking to a local Television Channel Giri said, “We have condemned the assassination of Gorkha League President Madan Tamang. This is a conspiracy hatched against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha by the West Bengal Government and the opposition parties.
Why was the Gorkha League President not accorded proper police protection? We have been committed towards Gorkhaland and have been making a strong stand in the issue of Territory. This is a part of effort made by anti-Gorkha forces to push us out of the Gorkhaland Movement. But we will not keep quite and will not submit to these forces.”
On being asked about the alleged blocking of Party President Bimal Gurung’s motorcade by people he said, “Who said that the motorcade has been stopped. Have you seen anything like that?
We are at this moment traveling to Darjeeling in the same motorcade and will reach Darjeeling soon. Soon the truth behind all this will come out. You cannot bring down GJM by doing politics over a funeral procession. We have demanded CBI inquiry into the assassination of Madan Tamang.”
BREAKING NEWS: GJM Chief Bimal Gurung’s return to Darjeeling and fear of clash spread terror in Darjeeling
FROM THE HIMALAYAN BEACON
Posted by Barun Roy on May 25, 2010
BIMAL GURUNG’S MOTORCADE BLOCKED AT GHOOM
SECTION 144 OF IPC CLAMPED IN DARJEELING
FEARS OF CLASH BETWEEN SUPPORTERS OF BIMAL GURUNG AND OTHER PARTIES
25 MAY, DARJEELING: News of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha President Bimal Gurung returning to Darjeeling and his 40 vehicle strong motorcade being subsequently stopped at Ghoom by people and a large number of GJM supporters from surrounding areas arriving in Darjeeling has led to fears of clash between the supporters of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the supporters of All India Gorkha League and Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist.
The police fearing unrest has clamped down Section 144 of the IPC. Heavy police presence is being maintained in the town and the surrounding areas. All Governmental, business and educational establishments have once again shut down.
Vehicles arriving from Siliguri, Mirik, Kurseong and Gangtok are being returned. The local administration has requested for an more CPRF battalions to maintain peace in Darjeeling.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Bimal Gurung who had left Kalimpong early and was supposed to reach Darjeeling has not been able to do so when this news was being written. More updates are awaited.