GJM protest rally

DARJEELING
25 May 2017

As the youth front of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha continued its protest rally today against the state government’s decision of making Bengali language as the compulsory 3rd language in schools all over the state the Morcha central committee maintained that their party Chief Bimal Gurung would send a letter to the Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee asking her that forceful implementation of the Bengali languages in schools where Nepali speaking Gorkhas lived in the hills along with Terrai, Dooars and other places in Bengal should not be done.
Today’s rally however did not include school students with last time when the youth front had taken out a rally on Tuesday they had an altercation with the police who asked them not to use school students for political programs.
The Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri said, “The Nepali language is a recognized language under the 8th Schedule in the year 1992 along with it also being given a status of an official language in Bengal in the year 1961. Such forceful imposition of the Bengali language in schools is an insult to the Nepali language. Our youth front is already organizing protest rallies against it while on the other hand our party president will send a memorandum to the Bengal chief minister regarding the matter.”
A protest rally was also taken out by the youth front of the Morcha today making it the second day that such rallies have been held. A memorandum was also given by the youth front to the state education minister Partha Chatterjee and the Bengal chief minister through the district administration.
The ADM U. Swaroop who was handed over the memorandum said, “We have not got any official implementation of the status of this order in the hills but we will forward the memorandum to the concerned authorities.” (EOIC)