GORKHA ADIVASI POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS: GJM revives demand for Gorkhaland – with the Congress and UPA fast losing moral authority and embroiled in a multitude of corruption scandals, the stakes against political inaction and apathy now heightened ?!!
FROM THE PRESS TRUST OF INDIA STAFF WRITER
Darjeeling, Dec 10, 2010, 20:50 HRS IST (PTI): The GJM today renewed its demand for carving out a separate Gorkhaland state from West Bengal and moved Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and BJP president Nitin Gadkari to press for it.
“We have written to the prime minister, Sonia Gandhi and Nitin Gadkari renewing our demand for Gorkhaland,” Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary Roman Giri told reporters.
The demand for Gorkhaland has been revived as no date has been announced for the tripartite talks on GJM’s demand for an authority to replace the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, he said.
The GJM has already called a 48 hour bandh from December 20 in the Darjeeling hills if the interim council was not set up by that date.
Mirik shuts down over stripped post – Morcha leaders attacked – making brother fight brother so that Bengal can ultimately triumph once more ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
BY VIVEK CHHETRI
Darjeeling, Dec. 10: Two central committee members of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha came under attack in Mirik today, prompting the party to expel a local leader suspected to have masterminded the stone throwing after he was stripped of a portfolio.
Binay Tamang, the assistant secretary of the Morcha, along with Pravin Rahapal, a central committee member from Kalimpong, were pelted with stones near the Mirik Youth Hostel area around 1.30pm.
“A group of 20 armed people laid siege to our vehicles near the Mirik youth hostel. Pravin Rahapal’s car has been damaged. Rahapal’s friend, Bijay Chhetri, who was also from Kalimpong and travelling with him, suffered minor injuries,” Tamang said over the phone from Mirik, 40km from here.
Tamang and Rahapal had been touring Mirik for the past fortnight, reviewing party activities in the area.
Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri said in Darjeeling: “The party’s central committee had decided to relieve Arun Ghisingh from the post of Mirik town committee president recently and instead made him a member of the Kurseong sub-divisional committee. There were allegations that he was interfering in the development works being undertaken by the Mirik municipality.”
The attack on the two leaders is being seen as fallout of the Morcha central committee’s decision to strip Ghisingh of the president’s post. “Recently I had received a letter from the party’s central committee saying that I had been upgraded to a member of Kurseong subdivisional committee. The general public, however, has not accepted the decision and today’s incident is probably a reaction of the general public,” Ghisingh said, denying he had any hand in the incident.
“It was probably a public reaction. I don’t think they were attacked but I heard that one of their vehicles hit a gate when it was speeding.”
Observers said a town committee president of the party had more clout than a subdivisional committee member although the latter was higher in the hierarchy rung.
Tamang claimed “miscreants” had tried to target him and the two vehicles had been pelted with stones. His car, though, was not hit. “They were armed with lathis also. I have filed an FIR at the Mirik police station against Arun Ghisingh, his father J.S. Ghisingh and 20 other people,” said Tamang.
In Darjeeling, Giri said the Morcha had decided to expel Arun for anti-party activities.
“His father J.S. Ghisingh, who was also the president of the Morcha’s Mirik ward 1 committee has been suspended for six months,” said Giri.
Ghisingh on his part said the public would shutdown Mirik indefinitely.
“A hartal has started in Mirik and the public has decided to shut down the town for an indefinite period until justice is delivered,” he said.
Some of the shops in Mirik opened late in the evening after members of the Nari Morcha urged shopkeepers to keep their establishments open.
Rivals in Delhi letter match – parochially highlighting differences while knowing exactly where the mandate lies ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Darjeeling, Dec. 10: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and the ABGL today sent separate memorandums to leaders in Delhi, demanding the creation of Gorkhaland.
“We have written to the Prime Minister, UPA chairperson and other BJP leaders maintaining that the issue of Gorkhaland is about giving political identity to the Indian Gorkhas and that our demand, which is the oldest in the country, must be considered if Telangana is formed at anytime,” said Roshan Giri, the Morcha general secretary.
The ABGL has also written to the Union home minister and the chief minister of Bengal saying that statehood is needed “for national integration and security as Darjeeling is strategically a volatile region”. “The hill people of Darjeeling have already rejected both the Sixth Schedule and the interim set-up,” wrote Binod Gurung, the secretary of the ABGL’s Sadar committee .
The Morcha has decided to allow banks to keep their ATMs open on every alternate day. “The relief department has also been kept out of the bandh’s purview,” said Giri. Banks were so far allowed to remain open only on Monday and Fridays following the Morcha’s call for an indefinite shutdown of government offices since December 6.