Morcha pins Gorkha state hope on Rajnath Singh

KALIMPONG (Darjeeling): The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha says Union home minister Rajnath Singh will set up a committee to examine the demand for Gorkhaland, and so  decided to postpone its three-day dharna to be held in Delhi in December.

A Bimal Gurung, along with the BJP MP from Darjeeling, S.S. Ahluwalia, met Singh in Delhi.

In an email, the Morcha said the delegation reminded the Union home minister of the BJP’s promise in the election manifesto to “sympathetically examine and appropriately consider” the demand of the hill people. Singh agreed and also requested the Morcha to postpone its Delhi dharna, scheduled to start on December 18 at  Jantar Mantar in Delhi, the message said.

“On Rajnath Singhji’s request, the GJM has decided to postpone the three-day Delhi Dharna and ask the Central Government to expedite the formation of the committee to examine our demand for Gorkhaland,” said the release.

The party had not set a time frame for the Centre to form the committee. “The home minister has agreed to constitute the committee, and we are confident he will remain true to his word and take the initiative at the earliest,” a source told an English daily.

While the Morcha seems happy at the home minister’s assurance, terming it as the “first step towards creation of Gorkhaland”, everyone in Darjeeling isn’t convinced. They said the sincerity of the government on  Gorkhaland state  would be known only after the panel was actually set up and its brief made clear.

Even though the BJP has  been somewhat sympathetic to the Morcha and its demand, it will tread cautiously, given its larger Bengal ambition.

The Morcha has decided to hold a meeting of party leaders, including those from its frontal organisations and members and chairmen of four hill municipalities, on November 27 to brief them on the GTA team’s Delhi visit and decide on its future political programmes.

This will be followed by  a public meeting on 7th December to announce  future political programmes and to brief the public about political developments in Delhi.The meeting will be held at Super Market in Darjeeling.

The party also took up the matter of establishing a central university in the GTA area with the home minister. The delegation, the release said, requested Singh to expedite the process of granting Scheduled Tribe status to various Gorkha communities — the Bhujel, Gurung, Mangar, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunwar, Thami, Yakhha (Dewan) and Dimal.

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