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Morcha lifts no-entry with rider & caution

Darjeeling, March 9: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has made it clear that its president Bimal Gurung never said the party would think beyond statehood if its demand for Gorkhaland went unheeded.

The Morcha has also decided to allow Subash Ghisingh to go back to the hills once he resigns from the post of caretaker administrator of the DGHC, but warned that it would in no way be responsible if people stopped the GNLF chief on the way. The party, on the other hand, will go to the plains with its Gorkhaland demand.

“Our president had pointed out that Darjeeling is surrounded by four international borders. He wanted to draw the government’s attention to the fact that an early fulfilment of the demands raised by the people in the hills would be better as a situation of uncertainty carried the potential of being misused by forces inimical to the country’s interests,” said Roshan Giri, the Morcha general secretary.

Giri also spelt out the Morcha stand on issues it has raised:

lAll Morcha demands were within the Constitution of India

lStatehood is the only solution to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Darjeeling and its surrounding areas

lSeeking a separate state is not anti-national, if so, then demands for Vidharba, Telengana and Bundelkhand would have to be viewed as anti-national

lThe Morcha will pursue its demands through peaceful and democratic means.

“The Gorkhas are as much a part and parcel of India as anyone else. They have shed blood for the country and anyone questioning their integrity are themselves anti-national,” said Giri.

Following a central committee meeting of the Morcha here today, party president Bimal Gurung said he would concentrate on organising programmes in the Dooars and Terai. The GNLF-led Gorkhaland agitation in the mid-80s was largely confined to the hills even though it, too, had demanded that the Dooars and Terai be made part of the new state.

“We will hold a major public meeting at Bagrakote in Jalpaiguri district on April 20 and continue to organise a series of gatherings up to Jaigaon (on the India-Bhutan) border,” said Gurung.

The Morcha also said if Ghisingh was a “Gorkhaland lover”, he should immediately withdraw his signature from the tripartite DGHC Accord of 1988 and also the memorandum of settlement for Sixth Schedule status signed on December 6, 2005.

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