GJM delegation meets Guv, submit resignation letters from GTA

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EOI CORRESPONDENT
Kolkata
26 Jun 2017

A three-member delegation of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) met Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi here today and submitted the resignation letters of all 43 members, including that of chairman Bimal Gurung from the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

"The members also sent their resignations to the home department through e-mail. Since our chairman took the oath of office from the Governor his resignation was submitted to the Governor only,'' Amar Rai, MLA, who led the delegation, told Echo of India. The GJM, spearheading the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland in the Darjeeling hills, announced it would resign from the GTA over its differences with the Mamata Banerjee government. The GJM chief, who had been in hiding since a police raid at his residence in Darjeeling's Patlebas locality on June 15, had resurfaced on Friday and vowed to burn the GTA Regulation Act documents before the public on June 27 as a symbolic protest against the board.

``Copies of the agreement will be burnt tomorrow. And on June 29 we have convened an all-party meeting in Darjeeling after which we will decide on our next course of action,'' Beenoy Tamang, GJM assistant general secretary, told Echo of India. Meanwhile the Yuba Morcha of the GJM today threatened that it would go in for self-immolation if the demand for a separate state was not met. ``We will have to take this extreme step if our demands are not met'', Prakash Gurung the president of GJM Youth wing said in Darjeeling. The development comes after Bharatiya  Janata Party ( BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya made it clear that the BJP did  not support GJM's demand for creation of a separate state.  "I do not support the creation of Gorkhaland, but I do support the development of the Gorkha people and their culture and heritage," he had said on Sunday.

Today the Darjeeling Hills witnessed low-key Eid celebrations amidst the 12-hour window given to the Muslim community to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on the twelfth day of the indefinite shutdown. People offered prayers at local mosques and as a sign of solidarity to the cause of Gorkhaland, most of them did not use vehicles to visit relatives and friends and travelled on foot instead. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) had yesterday decided to give a 12-hour relaxation for the Muslims to celebrate the festival during which they could use vehicles to go to the plains and meet their relatives.

Police and security forces patrolled the streets. Shops and markets remained closed. Medicine shops, hospital and private nursing homes were open.