Gurung asks Rajnath Singh to form statehood committee

20 Nov 2016

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today said the Union government has assured to soon convene a meeting to discuss the formation of a committee to examine the Gorkhaland statehood demand. GJM president Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri are at present in Delhi to pursue the matter, said party sources.

Today, the two GJM leaders called on Union home minister Rajnath Singh and apprised him of the need for the creation of a separate state. “During the 30 minute meeting with Rajnathji, our party president reminded him of the need to create a separate Gorkha state and the formation of a committee to sympathetically and appropriately consider our long pending demand, as has already been assured by the central government,” said Giri in a press statement issued from Delhi.

The press briefing highlighted the contributions made by Gorkha freedom fighters such as Sahid Durga Malla and Dal Bahadur Giri towards the country’s freedom struggle and also the ultimate sacrifices made by numerous Gorkha soldiers. “The sacrifices in the defence of the nation is proof of our undying love, bravery, dedication and commitment towards our country. But every time we have demanded development, we have been branded as foreigners, immigrants and intruders by the Bengal government. Today, every Indian Gorkha is asked whether we are Indian or Nepali and are looked upon suspiciously,” the GJM general secretary’s statement reads.

Gurung has announced his plan to start a fresh statehood agitation that would focus more on Delhi. Dharnas and hunger strikes will be organised in the national capital from December 12 to 16. According to Giri, the home minister has assured to fix a date and time for the meeting at the earliest. “Rajnathji has assured us that a suitable date would be fixed with officials of the home affairs ministry on the issue of constituting a committee to examine our statehood demand,” the Giri said in the press statement.

He said Gurung also invited the home minister to Darjeeling to inaugurate a multi-parking facility and a model school that have been constructed solely by the special funds provided by the Centre to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. (EOIC)