Darjeeling, June 14: Almost three decades after the violent movement for a separate Gorkhaland state subsided, the famous Darjeeling hills are now feeling the sting of the renewed stir for the separate state.
The movement for a separate Gorkhaland state was launched by firebrand leader Subhash Ghising in the late seventies and early eighties disturbing the social, economic and political life in the hills famous for its tourist attraction all over the country.
The fresh movement for a separate Gorkhaland state gathered momentum with the local and regional parties like Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), Gorkha Rashtriya Nirman Manch, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), and the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists (CPRM) supported the movement.
The representatives of these parties decided to collectively carry forward the struggle for creation of Gorkhaland.
The GNLF that had entered into alliance with the ruling Trinamool Congress has come out in open support to the Gorkhaland movement thus causing an embarrassment for the ruling party.
“The GNLF wholeheartedly supports the demand for Gorkhaland,” GNLF spokesperson Neeraj Zimba Tamang said, adding the alliance with the Trinamool Congress was only an “electoral understanding.” Tamang said the demand for Gorkhaland was raised by GNLF founder Subhash Ghising and the party would stand by whoever raises the issue.
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri demanded a written clarification from the West Bengal government on the three language policy, which intends to make Bengali compulsory. He said the movement would be peaceful.
The Centre dispatched 600 additional paramilitary personnel to assist the West Bengal government in restoring normalcy in the Darjeeling Hills which witnessed incidents of stone pelting on the second day of an indefinite bandh.