Morcha takes out silent rallies in hills

The Bengal Post

Darjeeling-Silent rallies organised by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) were seen in different parts of the hills on Thursday as a part of programmes for the demand of Gorkhaland.
The GJM had earlier called a four-day strike on March 14 and 15 along with March 21 and 22 but after the request of the Union home minister and the President to withdraw the shutdowns, they had in its place declared silent rallies on those days, with their supporters carrying placards for the support of the Gorkhaland.
“The silent rally that is being held is being done according to the programme announced by the central committee instead of the strikes that had been called earlier. The home minister, President and others that our delegation had met in Delhi earlier had given us assurances that they would introduce something regarding our demands in Delhi by April 9 and we have agreed to wait till then,” said Morcha Darjeeling town committee secretary Narayan Pradhan. He added that if the promises were not kept, the GJM would announce further programmes for after April 9.
The Morcha after a meeting at Kurseong on March 8 had given a deadline that if they were not allowed to run the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) by themselves by April 9, they would start an agitation for Gorkhaland. It was in the same central committee meeting that the Morcha has postponed their earlier
announced programmes like strikes and office closures to a later date and had added new programmes on those dates instead.
Pradhan said: “The other programmes like torch rallies and the one-hour dharnas at government offices are also going on. All these programmes are being held in all
the three hill subdivisions.”
The Morcha on March 11 had started their programs of conducting dharnas in front of all government offices on Thursday. However, the dharnas have been less than successful with them not being held in many government offices.

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