Bandh a success:Gurung


Kalimpong, 28 September

Immediately after the 12- hour long bandh called by GJMM concluded largely peacefully except for minor stray incidents, at 6 pm this evening, GJMM supremo Mr Bimal Gurung called the strike a successful one.

Mr Gurung was in Kalimpong to monitor the strike that had turned into a prestige fight between the GJMM and the Trinamul Congress (TMC).

Commenting upon the intensity of the strike, Mr Gurung said, “This day, all communities came together to support the bandh. I would like to thank the minority communities, transporters, drivers, businessman and all concerned who supported the cause. I further thank the school,office employee and organisation who supported this 12-hour strike.”

Mr Gurung added, “The state government used all its machineries to counter the bandh but it turned futile. The state government is dividing Gorkhas but I thank all the development boards who supported us.”
The demand for Gorkhaland is like a cancer for the Bengal government which needs to be cut away at the earliest, he added.

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Bandh hits normal life in Kalimpong...but not according to Gautam Deb

Kalimpong,28th Sept

Apart for some minor incidents reported, the GJMM called 12-hour bandh passed peacefully in Kalimpong.

All commercial establishments remained shut on
the day of Haat (weekly village market day),defying the state government’s call to

boycott the strike.It is to be noted here that Darjeeling SP, Mr Amit P Jawalgi, GJMM supremo Mr Bimal Gurung along with state tourism minister Mr Gautam Deb were in Kalimpong today to monitor the bandh.

Despite Calcutta High Court’s ruling on Tuesday that the state government should ensure normalcy in context of the strike,normal life in Kalimpong was considerably affected.

Despite attempts of the state government machineries to foil the bandh, shopkeepers and transport operators kept their establishments closed.

Meanwhile, a good percentage of government employees attended office today. Although,schools remained open, students preferred to stay away.

“Police arrested Yuva Morcha supporters including Mr Binay Ghising, secretary of Kalimpong Yuwa Morcha, Biren Bhujel and Dr RB Bhujel who were campaigning for the bandh.

More than 110 party supporters of GJMM, Kalimpong,were arrested by police from yesterday night till this morning,”informed Mr Kumar Chamling the secretary of Kalimpong GJMM division.

GJMM women wing members also took to the streets voicing slogans for Gorkhaland. Two vehicles of TMC supporters were vandalized at Algarah and

Pedong and two on NH10. Meanwhile,state tourism minister Mr Gautam Deb

claimed that the GJMM’s 12- hour bandh observed today was against the will of the hill people.

Addressing the media, Mr Deb said that normal life was unhindered in the Kalimpong region. “96 to100 per cent attendance have been reported at

government offices as well as the tea gardens were open throughout. Again, government transportation was normal like other days,” the minister claimed. Replying to the GJMM supremo Mr Bimal Gurung claim that the strike is for the demand of 20 per cent bonus for tea garden laborers,

Mr Deb maintained that the Mr Gurung changes his stand continuously thus proving his incompetence in general. “The public stood against the dictatorial regime of Morcha by hitting the streets this day. Meanwhile, the TMC hill unit in all three subdivisions of Darjeeling hills will take out a thanksgiving rally on Thursday,” the minister said.

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Gurung threatens 28 Sept bandh,CM talks tough

Kalimpong,23rd September 

A day after chief minister Mamata Banerjee had charged that the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, controlled by the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha,couldn’t develop the hills even after the state government provided Rs 4,000 crore during the past four years, GJMM chief Bimal Gurung today challenged Miss Banerjee to substantiate her “claim” with facts or else the GJMM will give a call for a 12- hour bandh in the hills on 28 September.

In a hurriedly called Press conference Mr Gurung said Miss Banerjee had made a misleading statement and the GTA would file a defamation case against her. “It’s very sad the CM can resort to such a blatant lie in front of the people in the hills. She should have known a mere RTI will be enough to nail her lie. I suggest each and every conscious person to file RTI. The reply will be the GTA, has so far, been given a budget of Rs 238 crore throughout its tenure of four years.” Mr Gurung hinted a major agitation was being planned against “the dictatorship and divide and rule policy of the CM.”

“I suggest all tourists and visitors, who are planning to visit the hills should reconsider their decision after assessing the situation. The agitation this time is of great importance and I won’t entertain any request to resume transportation for tourists as we did some time back”, Mr Gurung said. Within hours of Gurung’s threat,the CM said no bandh would be allowed. “I will keep visiting the hills and none can stop me. Bandhs hamper tourism which is synonymous with the development of the hills. If tourism suffers, how will most of you earn your livelihood ?”

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No bandhs will be allowed in Hills:CM

Kalimpong,23rd Sept

Hours after Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) chief Bimal Gurung threatened a 12-hour strike on 28 September over chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee’s claim on Thursday that a budget of Rs 4000 crore has been sanctioned till now for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, Miss Banerjee hit back at the GJMM chief by declaring that no bandh will be allowed.

The chief minister also declared that she will keep visiting the Hills and no one has the right to stop her. Addressing a gathering in Kalimpong today, Miss Banerjee said: “Am I not coming to the Hills after this? Will Aroop Biswas never visit the Hills? I will come to the Hills; it is your love that draws me towards you...No bandh will be observed. Bandh hampers tourism which is synonymous with the development of the Hills. If tourism suffers,how will most of you earn your livelihood?”

“The Hills have their own natural colour which is vivid and mesmerising. But avoid the colour of blood. Bloodshed and violence will not be allowed across the Hills.We should check every instance of instability here in the best interest of the Hills people,”she said.

Notably, a leader of GJMM had earlier said that state PWD minister Aroop Biswas will not be allowed to enter the Hills after he made some disparaging remarks about Mr Gurung.

Further, in recent times there has been a lot of controversy on alleged statements having been made against certain communities in the Hills, directing them to leave Darjeeling.

On the GJMM-levelled allegations that the setting up of various caste-based development boards is intended to create divisions in the Hills,Miss Banerjee opined that it is the incompetence of the concerned ~ referring to the GTA ~ which forced her to constitute these boards. “If you were initiating development projects here, I would not have to constitute development boards in the Hills.
“As you have failed to develop Hills, I am granting and further assisting all the boards.You do your own work, and let me do mine. I have never interfered in their development projects,”

Miss Banerjee said. She maintained that she has always worked with a positive plan and each of her decisions is intended for the best interest of the common man. “I am in Hills with a plan. My plan is to develop the Hills. If Hills remain in peace, we will remain in peace... I want to see doctors, engineers, bureaucrats to come up from the Hills,” she added.

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Aroop Biswas effigy burnt in Kalimpong

Kalimpong,22nd September 

The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha today burned the effigy of TMC leader and WB PWD Minister Arup Biswas in Kalimpong amidst his presence in Kalimpong .

The GJYM was protesting against the statement made by Arup Biswas in Kurseong calling for Bimal Gurung's ouster from the hills.

The Last four to five days the Yuwa Morcha was planning the program but the presence of security forces for CM duty came in the front. 

Today too massive forces was present in the Damber Chowk area but the Youth gathered at Sadobato near Kalimpong Municipality and in no time burned the effigy chanting Arup Biswas Murdabad , Bimal Gurung Zindabad. The youth who burned the effigy disperse to different places before Police Team reached the spot.

Minister Biswas who reached Kalimpong on Tuesday was warmly received by party supporters in Kalimpong .

 Later after the incident TMC supporter took a Protest Julus against the incident at Kalimpong Town. Police have detained two youth in suspicion of burning the effigy of Minister Said a police source.

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