GJM plans to renew stir from Oct 20

GJM plans to renew stir from Oct 20

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has announced its decision to restart its agitation for a separate Gorkhaland from October 20, after the Durga Puja season is over.

Making the announcement, GJM president Bimal Gurung told reporters that the movement would be kept democratic, which the Centre and the state government should respect.

Reiterating his stand in a Facebook post, Gurung wrote: “Our agitation will be democratic, but the government must respect it. We have seen many agitations in the past which were undemocratic.”

He also stuck to his earlier stand that the GJM would participate only in tripartite talks. “We also understand that the Gorkhaland issue can be solved only through dialogue. The Gorkhaland stir cannot be wiped out by force.  It is our constitutional right,” he said.

He also pointed a finger at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for “insinuating” that the GJM receives foreign funds. He said, “We know very well where the TMC gets money from.”
Meanwhile, GJM activists are collecting money from Darjeeling locals to fund the next phase of the movement.