GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: GJM postpones its series of bandhs

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 ?!!

Bimal Gurung speaks in Darjeeling on Thursday, 22 July 2010 and explains the current position of the Morcha - new level of politics ?!! (Photo from Darjeeling Times)

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(GJM) that were due to start from July 25 onwards including a 44 day bandh has now been postponed, but not completely withdrawn, GJM president Bimal Gurung announced to a huge gathering here in Darjeeling today.

The crowds that gather to hear the GJM speak and explain their stand - an overwhelming consensus, akin to that of Mamata in Calcutta, for the likes of Darjeeling ?!! (Photo from Darjeeling Times)

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.

GLP ladies in Darjeeling to handle security and crowd control aspects - loved for their social help activities in the hills but hated by the anti-GJM factions & CPM's Asok Bhattacharya who are on a conspiracy mode to derail them all ?!! (Photo from Darjeeling Times)

“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.

Buddha gets PC call, agrees to send team to tripartite talks – a ‘Thank You’ due for Buddhadeb for knowing where the consensus really is  ?!!

P Chidambaram with Buddhadeb Bhattachrjee - all it takes is a little mutual understanding of consensus lost ?!! (File Photo)

From The Indian Express
Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay

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.

Tripartite Darjeeling hill talks in capital on July 24 – territorial jurisdiction at last for administrative parameters and flow of funds ?!!

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?!!

The press conference at Siliguri Journalists Club - where each individual professes to represent another anti-GJM party ?!! (Darpan)

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)

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One Response to “GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: GJM postpones its series of bandhs”

  1. Madhubaganiar Says:

    The Central govt. has taken the right path and rightly ignored the letter written by the govt. of West Bengal for postponement of the tripartite talks for the future of Darjeeling and Dooars.

    The govt. of West Bengal, futilely, tried to derail the talks on flimsy grounds and showed its ‘immaturity’ and ‘sense of justice’ towards a very popular demand and sentiments which warrants a serious talk for resolving the problems. This has been simmering for decades, at the highest level.

    The opponents of GJM like the CPM, Democratic Front, Amra Bangali, etc. are putting pressure on the govt. of West Bengal’s for spoiling the opportunity for talks on behalf of the govt. agencies only.

    In fact, the govt. of West Bengal and CPM want to put hindrances themselves much before the announcement of the date for the sixth round of talks. However, they wanted to take refuge upon those who could exert outside pressure, and those who are struggling to garner the support of people.

    The state govt. indirectly solicited these pressures from these organizations for putting obstruction, as it was mentioned in the letter written by the Chief Minister.

    The political parties and the govt. always play such tricks and these are open secrets.

    These organizations, welding the swords of words with daily rhetoric against the GJM, have no clear-cut popular support as GJM presently has. GJM is going to join in the tripartite talks as a party and the representatives of people and not as individuals whose names have appeared in newspapers in context of a murder.

    The law has to act as per the rules. If anybody is connected with the heinous crime, then those individuals must be tried and prosecuted.

    However, the vast and the foremost burning issue of the people should not be hindered in the name of a crime or other incidents, which is being investigated by the police and the CID.

    The Left Front govt. always plays such tricks.

    Nowadays, it is blaming tea planters for the pathetic conditions of tea gardens and its people. Today it is claiming that their govt. had reached a very good agreement with the tea planters in 1999, which had had very good potential for tea garden’s development.

    However, their govt. never concedes to their negligence and indifference towards the tea brew belt.

    The Labour Department never acted for the benefits of the poor labourers. They always acted for the benefit of the planters. The ruling parties knew everything about the tea belt; however, they intentionally wanted to keep tea garden’s labourers backward.

    Now-a-days, they are sadly shedding ‘crocodile tears’ in the tea gardens for its people.

    The parties which are still acting in tandem with the ruling parties are doomed to be rejected by the people of the North Bengal tea belt.

    (Understand and appreciate your sentiments, Madhubaganiar. Would encourage you to write up-to-date reports on factual events on the happenings in the Dooars area for publication. Please email us at HimalGroup@hotmail.com – Thanks, Editor)


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