GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: GJM postpones its series of bandhs – Adivasis not invited to attend this time around till they make up their minds & ABGL to begin relay hunger strike in protest ?!!
From The Darjeeling Times
By The DT Correspondent
Edited by Himal News for clarity
Darjeeling, July 22: The scheduled program of bandh programs announced earlier by the Gorkha Janmukti Morch (GJM) that were due to start from July 25 onwards including a 44 day bandh has now been postponed, but not completely withdrawn, GJM president Bimal Gurung announced to a huge gathering here in Darjeeling today.
All the government offices, it is reported, will function normally from tomorrow, except the Darjeeling Gorkha hill Council. “We will not allow Mr. B L Meena to act smart by opening the DGHC,” Bimal Gurung said.
Meanwhile, GJM will hold a public rally everyday till July 24, it was announced. Bimal Gurung has been positive on the outcome of the second political level Tripartite Talks (sixth in the series upto now) being held in New Delhi on July 24, however, he has not yet disclosed the members of GJM team scheduled to participate in the Sixth Tripartite meeting.
“Bengal has always been a conspirator against the hill people,” he said and added, “the evident example is Chattrey Subba along with his five friends, who have been unnecessarily kept in Jalpaiguri till now. This issue will also be raised in the Tripartite Talks.” said Bimal Gurung at the Darjeeling Supermarket today.
“The agitation has now reached a new level,” Gurung said and continued, “It will take a different approach and for good. But don’t take it otherwise if the media twists its meaning,” Bimal Gurung said, trying to persuade the audience attending today’s meeting.
“GJM has been defamed by some leaders involved in contracts, hospital business etc.” Bimal Gurung cautioned, adding, “We have discarded such leaders. Now the same leaders are trying to disintegrate our community by raising issues of ethnic groups such as Rai, Tamang etc. But we must remember we are a single tribe ‘Gorkha’,” Gurung cautioned.
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From The Indian Express
Kolkata, Jul 22, 2010 at 0235 hrs IST (ENS): The uncertainty about the tripartite talks between the Centre, state government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), convened in New Delhi on July 24, was cleared on Wednesday as Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram called Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and persuaded him to let the state government attend the meeting.
Bhattacharjee had written to Chidambaram on July 18, expressing his unwillingness to send a team to the meeting that would be held at a political level. He had opined that it should be postponed till All India Gorkha League (AIGL) president Madan Tamang’s killers were nabbed.
On Wednesday, however, Chidambaram called the Chief Minister and urged him to send a team to the talks, to which Bhattacharjee had to agreed. Reacting to the latest development, Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharya fumed saying the meeting would give legitimacy to an organisation which is now looked down upon by the people of the hills.
“It is because of its Constitutional obligations that the state government is attending the meet. But I am not ready to sit with tainted people. I believe these talks will enhance trouble in the hills,” Bhattacharya said.
The All India Gorkha League expressed deep anguish and disappointment at the state government’s decision to attend the tripartite talks.
“They have agreed to sit with the very people they should throw behind bars. The state government has committed an act of treachery against us. They will have to repent that,” Gorkha League Spokesman L. N. Pradhan told The Indian Express from Darjeeling.
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FROM THE TIMES OF INDIA
NEW DELHI, Jul 22, 2010, 02.02am IST, (TNN): The next round of tripartite talks involving the Centre, West Bengal government and Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) will be held in the capital on July 24.
Home ministry sources said the issue of setting up an interim authority in Darjeeling for the Gorkhas and its territorial jurisdiction would come up for discussion.
Both the Centre and the ruling Left Front government are for limiting the proposed Darjeeling regional authority to just the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong.
However, GJM, which has been demanding a separate Gorkhaland state, is demanding parts of north Bengal plains as well. It has been rooting for inclusion of Siliguri sub-division and contiguous Nepali-speaking areas in the Dooars in neighbouring Jalpaiguri district to the proposed administrative set up.
MEANWHILE ANI REPORTS
Upcoming tripartite meeting heats up hill politics in Darjeeling – classic example of too many cooks without consensus, the only Bengal ruse left to fool the Center and all India?!!
FROM ASIA NEWS INTERNATIONAL
Darjeeling, July 22 (ANI): The upcoming sixth tripartite meet called by the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has united almost all regional parties in the hill town of Darjeeling in West Bengal, as many of the parties want it to be postponed.
Even as the significant meet is scheduled for Saturday (July 24) in the national capital, a sense of uncertainty prevails here about holding the tripartite talks between the Central government, State government of West Bengal and Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM).
Different parties like Bharatiya Gorhka Parisad, All India Gorhka league, Socialist Unity Centre Of India (SUCI), Communist party of Revolutionary Marxist, Trinamool Congress (TMC,Hill), Communist Party Of India (Marxist-Lenin) Liberation (CPIML), United forum of Cinchona Plantation and Communist Party of India, Marxist (CPIM) have jointly opposed the meeting.
They are demanding postponement of the meeting as top leaders of GJMM are accused of murdering Madan Tamang president of All India Gorkha League (AIGL).
They also maintain that GJMM is not the sole representative of Darjeeling.
Ashok Bhattacharya, Urban Development Minister of West-Bengal Government said that the meeting would give legitimacy to an organisation, which is now looked down upon by the people of the hills.
“This meeting right now means disrespecting the strength of democracy. It is the duty of the state as well as central government to respect the hill’s democratic strength and the strength of peace. There should be a government, which would be able to prevail law in the hills, and everybody should encourage this. Only they would be able to resolve the issue,” said Bhattacharya.
Avijeet Majumder, Central Committee Member of Communist Party Of India (Marxist-Lenin) Liberation (CPIML) party says that it should be postponed till Tamang’ s killers are put behind the bars.
“The central as well as the state government has always tried to create some or the other interference in between the matters of the people of the hills and therefore they have only welcomed a newly evolved party Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM). And by doing that they are pampering this party and neglecting the democratic rights of other parties. In this newly developed situation here they have again called a tripartite meet and they have only invited this new party and the leaders of the party who are accused of murder charges. This is not acceptable, this is not democratic. We protest this,” said Majumder.
Political circumstances of Darjeeling have altered drastically after the murder of Tamang on May 21. Since then Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) is losing popularity. (ANI)