Ray of hope for Darjeeling; GJM leader Binay Tamang announces temporary withdrawal of indefinite strike
Source :NewsBharati   Date :01-Sep-2017

Darjeeling, September 1: After having a talk with Bengal government, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has put off the indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills starting Thursday until 12th September. Suffering from 78 days of misery, the Hill residents can now hope for a better situation. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed her happiness over this decision.

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s joint secretary Binay Tamang convened a meeting of the Morcha central committee in Kurseong. After that, he announced this surprise move. In a gathering held in Kurseong, Binay Tamang tried to make them understand why the temporary withdrawal is much needed.

“We are suspending the strike for twelve days to facilitate the dialogue process, but this does not mean we are quitting the movement. The CM had made an appeal before us, the strike has been continuing for 80 days so we want to honour the Centre and the state even while continuing with the agitation peacefully," the GJM leader told reporters in Kurseong.

In Siliguri, there is another meeting of GJM and Bengal government is scheduled on 12th September. After that, the course of further action will be decided. Binay Tamang said that when centre and state are willingly co-operating us why Mocha should make residents suffer from the strike.

On the other hand, Bimal Gurung ally of Morcha could not put up with the decision. Almost immediately after the announcement of the decision Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri informed the media that party chief Bimal Gurung had rejected the decision. Even Gurung suspended Bimal Tamang from the chief co-coordinator post.

Responding to it Bimal Tamang said, “I convened the central committee meeting. Then who took the decision to remove me from the post?”