Gorkha Janmukti Morcha calls strike in the Hills from July 29

The Times Of India

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DARJEELING:The GorkhaJanmuktiMorcha (GJM) president, BimalGurung, on Saturday announced a 72-hour strike in the Hills starting July 29 to demand for a separate state.

The bandh is the first phase of the fresh agitation for a Gorkhaland state. “The GTA is a failure. We were shown good things by the state and the central government. But nothing has worked. When time comes, I along with the elected members will resign from the GTA,” Gurung said during the Sahid Diwas celebrations at Kalimpong Girls’ High School.

The move comes in the wake of the central government’s “enthusiasm” to create a Telengana state. “We will watch the development in Delhi and accordingly chalk out the second phase of our agitation,” added Gurung.

This apart, the GJM leadership indicated that the agitation could be violent in nature and asked the Hills people to brace for hardships in the coming days. GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang said, “This time the agitation will not be restricted to silent rallies and candle processions. We are ready to shed our blood if necessary.”

He added that they had accepted the GTA in July 2011 only as a temporary measure. “In fact, the GTA agreement also states that the Gorkhaland demand was not dropped,” said Tamang.

Colonel (retired) Ramesh Allay, GTA deputy chief executive and GJM central committee leader, too, asked people to be inspired by the sacrifice of the martyrs and take forward the statehood agitation.

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