We don't support Gorkhaland: BJP

The Calcutta High Court has directed that notice be served on Gurung by all means possible in view of a PIL, challenging the indefinite bandh called by the GJM in Darjeeling.

"Except this, everything remains the same".

Meanwhile, the GJM head office in Singhmari, which was closed after the police raid on June 15, was opened today.

The GJM has offered a 12-hour "window" to the schools in the Darjeeling hills to evacuate their students safely to Siliguri and Rongpo.

"We are not supporters of Gorkhaland but culture and customs of Gorkhas should be protected". Internet services remained suspended for the eighth day and the security forces continued to patrol the streets.

Asserting that his party does not support GJM's demand for the creation of a separate Gorkhaland, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to apologise to the people of the Hills for her failure to address their demands. "We are ready for talks only on the issue of Gorkhaland, not on any alternative formula...." Three protesters have died, one policeman has been stabbed. Mass rallies were taken out on June 22 last in various districts of Assam for the same while a Tripura tribal party organised rallies in 29 places across the state on Saturday to support the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.

July 2011 with Gurung signing the Hill autonomy agreement with the West Bengal government and the Centre being terminated.

The demand for Gorkhaland, which had remained dormant for some time, erupted into a full intensified demand recently following the West Bengal Government's announcement to make Bengali language compulsory in schools. Tourists, either on their way to Darjeeling or during their return journey, visit our shops.

The boarding schools of Darjeeling are facing a hard time due to the shutdown as vacations are soon going to end.

  • Leroy Wright