Will quit GTA post, says Gurung
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Stating that he would revive the Gorkhaland movement, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung announced on Monday that he would step down from the post of chief executive of the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) in a few days.
Addressing a party workers' meeting in Darjeeling, he said: "I will resign from the post of chief executive of the GTA in a few days. I am not legally bound to the GTA as I did not sign the tripartite agreement. I will revive the Gorkhaland movement and make our people's ultimate dream a success. However, the remaining 44 members of the GTA are not resigning immediately. But they will also quit soon if it is needed."
His announcement comes close on the heels of the standoff between the GJM and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Addressing a public function in Darjeeling last week, Banerjee had announced that Darjeeling would remain an integral part of West Bengal. Her statement led to immediate protests, forcing Banerjee to walk out of the dais.
Holding the state government responsible for his "final" decision, Gurung today said it has been playing a "trick" on the people of the hills. "We have to be united during the movement. The state government is trying to divide and rule the people of the hills... We cannot allow the government to divide us," he said. "It is my promise to you that this is the third and final agitation for Gorkhaland. There will not be a fourth agitation for Gorkhaland," he said.
"We have to remember that some people in the earlier Left Front government were extremely gentle. But the present government is different, so we have to be very careful," said Gurung, referring to Banerjee's warning that she "can be rough and tough".