Gorkhaland movement will shift to Delhi, says Gurung

Gurung

GJM Sunday sought to blunt growing criticism from the people of the hills, saying it was not backtracking on its demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland and said the movement will now shift to New Delhi.

"There will be no bandh in the hills. The movement will now shift to Delhi and it will be peaceful and things will be sorted out through talks. There is no question of giving up on the demand for Gorkhaland as it is there in the GTA agreement. People of Telangana got their demands fulfilled. Why shall we not get it?'' morcha chief Bimal Gurung said.

Gurung also took a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of indulging in divisive politics with the people in the hills. "She has created so many development boards. If so many boards are created what will the GTA do? By creating so many boards, she is creating a division among people in the hills,'' he said. Gurung also alleged that some of the leaders in the hills who joined TMC recently had Maoist links. "The CM must look into this.'' He said his party would attend the tripartite meeting to be announced by the Centre.

The Trinamool Congress, however, played down Gurung's statements. "The people of Darjeeling want development and they have made that clear. It does not matter who is saying what,'' Mukul Roy, general secretary of the party, said.

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