GJM to attend meet with other movements seeking statehood
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has decided to join hands with the Bodoland, Vidarbha and Bundelkhand demand committees under the aegis of the National Federation for Smaller States (NFSS) to take forward its statehood movement.
Today, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri and assistant secretary Binay Tamang left Darjeeling to attend a meeting in Mumbai on March 19 being organised by the NFSS to discuss the demand for the creation of new states of Gorkhaland, Bodoland, Vidarbha and Bundelkhand.
The GJM delegation will meet representatives of the All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU, National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the People’s Joint Action for Bodoland Movement (PJABM), Bundelkhand Rajya Nirman Sangarsh Samity (BRNSS) and the Vidarbha Rajya Agaadhi (VRA).
Before leaving the hills, the GJM general secretary issued a press statement. “Sometime back, senior members of the NFSS and VRA had a meeting and a decision was taken for the various organisations demanding statehood to come to a common platform. We received a letter from the NFSS seeking our consent to join hands and we have accepted,” Giri said.
The GJM has expressed faith on the BJP, its political partner, to deliver a separate state. The ruling hill party managed to include the statehood issue in the BJP’s election manifesto and also got an assurance from the Centre for forming a committee to look into the demand, but that has failed to materialise.
This and other developments in the hills have irked the GJM, which of late, has even warned of renewing its agitation. The agitation though, would be centred in Delhi, and the hills will not be without disturbed.
“The areas under the proposed Gorkhaland and Bodoland states are sensitive and important in terms of the nation’s unity and security.
The central government must take this aspect into consideration and start the process to create the two new states. We also want Vidarbha and Bundelkhand states to be formed as their creation will uphold the country’s democratic and political system,” Giri said in the press statement.
The GJM general secretary said the party has full faith on the BJP which has the political will and power to create smaller states as evident on two occasions. It is hopeful that the NFSS will create the right pressure on the Government. “We believe our programmes for a separate state under the NFSS will create the required pressure on the central government. History too proves that joint movements have borne fruit. It must be remembered that the states of Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand were formed in 2000 when the BJP was in power. In 2014, Telangana was created by the UPA government with the BJP’s help and support,” said Giri.
He said the two incidents were historical and an inspiration for the party which is avowed to achieving statehood under every possible trying circumstance. (EOIC)