GJM burns copies of GTA accord, calls for boycott of elections to semi-autonomous body
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Tuesday morning burned copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) tripartite agreement in several places in the Darjeeling hills and called for boycotting the upcoming elections in the semi-autonomous body, amplifying the agitation of its state.
“Today we held the funeral of the GTA agreement.Next today no one will deliver the word GTA.We call on all parties not to participate if the state government wants to hold GTA elections.
If anyone questions that he will do his own risk, “said GJM Undersecretary Binay Tamang, who led the main agitation program in the city of Darjeeling.
Copies of the agreement, signed on July 18, 2011 between the Center, the West Bengal government and the GJM, leading to the formation of the semi-autonomous body to dominate the hills, were gutted at various places in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong, Mirik, Gorubathan and at least a couple of places in the Dooars at 11:19, a time that seems to be propitious for President Morcha, Bimal Gurung.
Thousands of Morcha supporters took to the streets to participate in the turmoil. While the agitators also intend to burn copies of the reddish duck people, where the agreement was signed in the presence of the Minister of the Interior, P Chidambaram, Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee and Gurung, security forces occupied the site In large quantities, avoiding its elimination.
Police were on alert to keep the situation from getting out of control. Two IPS police officers run patrols on the streets of Darjeeling. It was the indefinite day bandh 13 called by the GJM in the hills to press for a separate state.
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“This is not the way to do the turmoil. People will have the last word,” said Tourism Minister Goutam Deb, a television channel in its initial reaction.
Several Morcha supporters gathered in the streets, while others have broken sobs in the back. The fine glass cut through the skin and some of the shakers began to bleed. It was the first instance when GJM has adopted such a method of protest.
“The current movement has become a mass movement and is not controlled by Bimal Gurung. GJM is not responsible for damages to vehicles owned and government, including leaders and supporters the opposition,” said Binita Roka, spokesman Of GJM.
On the other hand, Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha (GJYM) threatened on Monday a self-immolation and an indefinite hunger strike to pressure the Center and the government of West Bengal to grant statehood in the Darjeeling region.
The GJYM is the youth branch of the GJM, based on the Gorkhaland movement.
It is expected that the GTA elections in July, when the term of the semi-autonomous body will end.
The GTA formation ended a four-year struggle for a separate Gorkhaland state after Gurung broke with the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) and formed the GJM in 2007.
Since the last eruption on June 8, other celebrations on the hill as GNLF put pressure on the GJM that governs the semi-autonomous body to give up the GTA and eliminate the agreement, according to them, was the most important stone obstacle in the way of A separate state.
Last week, the 45 elected members of the GJM resigned from the GTA.
The resignation and burning of the agreement symbolize the total rejection of the favor of the state of agreement.
The West Bengal government, however, says the current turmoil is an attempt to deflect GJM misuse of funds allocated to the GTA.
The government has established a special audit in the GTA and three civilian bodies in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong to disclose the alleged embezzlement of GJM funds.