Gorkhaland activists' fast enters 3rd day

“There has not been any official response from the authorities to our demand,” Gurung was quoted as saying in Darjeeling. “The indefinite fast has been on and more people will be joining them very soon. If the situation across the hills deteriorates in the absence of a central response, the entire onus of the unrest and subsequent agitation will rest on the Centre and Bengal government.”

Stressing that the GJM will always prefer a democratic movement to achieve its goal, he wondered: “If the Telangana demand can be met, why there is no word on our 100-year-old demand.”

Gurung also refused to react to the statement of Union finance minister and West Bengal Pradesh Congress chief Pranab Mukherjee who observed that protests and demands in “some corners of the country do not mean creation of small states.”

“We’ve made our position clear; we’d like to see what the Centre has in mind,” Gurung  said in an oblique reference to the proposed tripartite meeting slated on December 21 next in Darjeeling where senior officials of the UPA and state governments would meet GJM leaders.  According to Gurung, Gorkhaland was never under West Bengal in the past and hence the statehood would not mean a division of Bengal once again.
While tourists have started leaving the Darjeeling hills, the GJM has called for a 96-hour-shutdown from December 14. The Gorkhaland movement began in the 1980s

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