Ahead of 2021 West Bengal assembly elections, Centre to chair meet with GJM over Gorkhaland

Ahead of 2021 West Bengal assembly elections, Centre to chair meet with GJM over Gorkhaland

Kolkata: Ahead of the 2021 meeting elections in West Bengal, the Union Home Ministry has written a letter to the West Bengal authorities and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to attend a gathering scheduled to be held on October 7, 2020, at 11 am beneath the chairmanship of G Kishan Reddy, MoS, Home Affairs. 

The Binoy Tamang led faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha questioned the intent of the BJP-led Central authorities for calling the tripartite assembly now forward of elections and claimed that the ruling celebration on the Centre wish to win the arrogance of the folks of the hills.

“We Gorkhas always welcome any meeting on Gorkhaland. But, why is the meeting being convened now ahead of the elections? We feel that the BJP wants Gorkhaland to be a poll issue to win elections in the hills in the 2021 polls,” mentioned Anit Thapa, chairperson, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. 

He additional added, “Where was the Central government when the Gorkhaland movement was at its peak in 2017 and was demanding a tripartite meeting. The Central government did not pay heed to our demands and now they are calling a tripartite meeting. Their intentions are very clear.” 

On the opposite hand, confusion prevails over the which faction of the GJM has been invited. 

The letter mentions President, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Singmari, North Point Darjeeling, however the deal with talked about within the letter housed the GJM celebration workplace which was sealed by an order of District Magistrate, Darjeeling District after instructions of the courtroom in 2017. The celebration workplace nonetheless continues to stay sealed. 

This aside, the Supreme Court whereas listening to instances of Darjeeling unrest has recognised two factions of GJM – one led by Bimal Gurung and the opposite by Binoy Tamang. 

Thapa questions the Central authorities as to which faction has been invited for the assembly. “Both factions have been recognised by the Supreme Court led by Bimal Gurung and Binoy Tamang. There is no clarity on which faction has been invited for the meeting,” added Thapa. 

While senior leaders of the GJM earlier than the celebration break up in November 2017, Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri have been at massive with a number of instances being filed by Darjeeling Police on them with expenses of rioting, arson, homicide, harm to authorities property. The duo has did not safe a bail to return to the hills. 

The Darjeeling hills noticed a 104-day strike demanding a separate state – Gorkhaland in 2017. The hills noticed the bloodiest violence killing a number of members of GJM and injuring many policemen. Widespread violence marred greater than 100 days of the strike leaving a number of authorities properties broken. 

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