Darjeeling, Sept. 17: Bimal Gurung today said the land was “seeking blood” as the Centre and the state government were not “respecting the democratic movement” in the hills.
“The land is seeking blood,” the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief told a public meeting at Darjeeling’s Chowrastha.
Sources in the party, however, said the Morcha president’s speech was more of an emotional outburst, given his frustration with the Centre and the state. The party’s decision on a non-violent agitation has not changed, the sources added.
“Our party president has repeatedly been stressing on the need for a non-violent agitation and I, personally, see his speech as an emotional outburst,” said a leader who was present at the meeting today. Gurung, too, said the party’s decision to go for a non-violent agitation was a “good” one.
The Morcha chief suggested that he might go underground, saying the time had come to “speak with the birds and animals in the jungle”. But party leaders said Gurung had been speaking on these lines since the start of the Gorkhaland agitation in 2007.
Gurung said the “time has come for a do-or-die movement” and if he died “another Bimal Gurung must be born to lead the agitation”.
He added: “Since the Centre and the state government are not respecting our democratic movement, the land is seeking blood. Youths and members of the Nari Morcha must now be ready to shed blood for the cause of Gorkhaland.”
Gurung gave vent to his frustration at the Centre’s delay in calling a tripartite meeting, saying: “We suspended the agitation largely because of the Union home minister’s assurance to call a tripartite meeting. It is the Centre’s responsibility to call the meeting. We will, however, not sit for a (bipartite) meeting with the state government.”
The Morcha chief warned of an intensified agitation after October 20.