Summary: New Delhi [India], Jan 11 (ANI): Former Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung on Wednesday said their demand for Gorkhaland is within the framework of the Indian Constitution.
Janmukti Morcha (GJM)-administered areas in Bengal's hills have a majority population of Nepali speaking Gorkhas
, who perceived in the decision an attempt to undermine their mother tongue.
Creation of posts and departmental offices are not the works of the BTC but the central and state governments," said Biswajit Daimary, adding that if this attitude continued, a movement similar to the one by Gorkhas
was the next course.
WEST Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee Monday renewed her warning against the Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha which is spearheading the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland in Darjeeling.
They also urged that the Gorkhas
living in the Northeast States may be involved in the development and economic activity in the region.
Recruitment of Gorkhas
, first into East India Company and later into British Army, began during the 1814-16 war when impressed with their bravery the East India Company started enlisting them.
But politician Bimal Gurung, who heads the Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha (GJM), has raised fresh demands.
Summary: Kolkata [India], Aug 29 (ANI): Ahead of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's meeting with the leaders of Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha party (GJM) and Gorkha
National Liberation Front (GNLF), Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose on Tuesday welcomed the move, saying, "time is right that all concerned parties should sit across the table and discuss" the 'Gorkhaland issue.
1961-1962: The ethnic Gorkha
population in Darjeeling opposes a move by the then West Bengal Government to introduce Bengali as a compulsory language in the hills.
That is why the voice of Gorkhas
is still not properly heard in Parliament," a GJM member said.
Since the second week of this month, Darjeeling has been crippled by an indefinite general strike called by the Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha (GJM), protesting what the party terms as "police atrocities" against GJM.
Gurung urged fellow Gorkhas
not to cast a single vote for the CPM in the forthcoming assembly polls.
It is sad that the state government and the Centre have been playing with the sentiments of the Gorkhas
When we considered establishing Jharkhand, Uttaranchal and so on, the Gorkhas
should also be given a chance.
The GJM wants scheduled tribe status for Gorkhas
and a Calcutta High Court bench in Darjeeling.