GJM indefinite strike withdrawn

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2017

GJM Joint Secretary Binay Tamang on Thursday announced the indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling hills will be withdrawn from September 1 to September 12 till the second round of all party meeting with the state government is conducted and then decide about reinstating the shutdown depending on the meeting's outcome.

The relaxation of the band will start from 6 a.m. tomorrow.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that she could not agree on Gorkhaland simple because it is the matter of the Centre.

Apart from Binay Tamang, the meeting was attended by the likes of Anil Thapa, Kurseong MLA Rohit Sharma, central committee member Prabha Chhetri and leaders like Subi Rai and Yogendra Rai. So, we have made a decision to withdraw the strike (shutdown) from September 1 to 12 in the hills.

"It's the beginning of a dialogue process".

He also said that so far there was no question of lifting the indefinite strike.

Tamang said the bandh will be withdrawn till the next round of talks take place with the West Bengal government on September 12, PTI reported.

The cleavage in the movement is a pointer to the waning of the influence of Bimal Gurung within the agitation, a result of his long absence in the public due to his decision to remain underground for much of the past 80 days.

"If Gorkhaland is out of the state's jurisdiction, what resolution would come out by again talking to the Chief Minister or the state administration on September 12?" he added. Tamang said the indefinite shutdown in the hills, which was put off on its 78th day on Thursday, was called over the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. Tamang said he had been with them for the last few years. "It is since 2007 that Gurung and Roshan Giri have been fighting for Gorkhaland".

He claimed that the Central Committee meeting was held without his consent.

Answering questions, Mr Tamang said there was no rift in the GJM leadership and between him and Mr Gurung.

This is being seen as a rebellion by Binay Tamang against Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri who led the agitation with a one-point agenda of Gorkhaland statehood.

"Let her give in writing that Gorkhaland is not in her hand as this is the matter of the central government".

"We have not moved an inch from the protest", he said talking to journalists.

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