- GJM to resign from Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) today
- West Bengal has turned GTA into a farce: GJM
- Sikkim Chief Minister has backed demand for the state of Gorkhaland
- The indefinite shutdown, called by GJM, has brought life to a standstill in Darjeeling
In a bid to step up their stir for a separate state in the Darjeeling Hills, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leaders have to quit the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) on Friday.
Today we have decided to resign from the GTA. The resignations will be submitted to the principal secretary of GTA.
GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri to PTI
He said the GTA has been turned into a “farce” by the West Bengal government and the GJM and the people of the hills will fight for the single agenda of a separate Gorkhaland.
In the 20 June meeting, all the 14 influential political parties and public organisations of the hills had unanimously declared their support for the longstanding demand for a separate Gorkhaland state in north Bengal.
The GJM has been ruling GTA since 2012 and its five-year term is set to expire this year.
GJM supremo Bimal Gurung, who is in hiding, will also put in his papers. A case was also lodged against Gurung and his wife on the basis of allegations that they were involved in the violence, arson and killing of one person during clashes on Saturday, a senior police official said.
Gorkhas Protest in Mumbai
Hundreds of Gorkhas living in Mumbai gathered at Azad Maidan on Thursday and expressed solidarity with the ongoing agitation in Darjeeling hills in West Bengal for a separate Gorkhaland state.
They also denounced the “repressive” tactics employed by the West Bengal government to end the agitation.
Almost five lakh Gorkhas live in Mumbai and hundreds of them, including women and children, assembled at Azad Maidan braving heavy rains.
GJM Strike Enters Day 8
The GJM is spearheading the agitation for a separate state and its indefinite shutdown, which has paralysed normal life in the hills, entered its eighth day on Thursday.
Internet services remained cut off while all shops, except pharmacies, still had their shutters down. Vehicles were prohibited from leaving the area, because of which several tourists remain stranded in the city.
Meanwhile, the GJM has given a window of 12 hours for schools to evacuate their students on 23 June. Only school buses will be allowed to leave town during that period.
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