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SS Ahluwalia's appointment as minister of state - opinions and reactions

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DARJEELING 5 Jul 2016 Darjeeling MP Surendra Singh Ahluwalia’s promotion as a minister of state and induction into the Union cabinet - the first instance for a Member of Parliament from Darjeeling since Independence - has brought mixed reactions from political parties of the hills.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha welcomed Ahluwalia’s induction, saying it reflected the respect and sense of inclusiveness the BJP-led government has accorded to the people living in Darjeeling and the Dooars region. In a press statement, GJM president Bimal Gurung congratulated the Darjeeling MP and extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“With Ahluwalia joining the Union Cabinet, not only Darjeeling but the entire region of north Bengal will find representation at the highest policy making body of the country, and he will now be able to push for transformation of this region for the better. This also shows Modiji’s commitment towards the people of Darjeeling and we look forward to the day when all our long pending demands will be fulfilled,” Gurung said, without specifying his party’s statehood demand.

Over the years,the Darjeeling hills did have representation in both the lower and upper Houses of Parliament, mostly from the hill units of national parties such as the Congress and the CPM. This is the first time that a Darjeeling MP has been appointed as a minister of state and inducted into the Union Cabinet.

SS Ahluwalia
SS Ahluwalia
The All India Gorkha League (AIGL) and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) too welcomed the development but were cautious with their words. “It is a good gesture for the hills and hope it will benefit us. As for the statehood demand, only time will say what impetus Ahluwalia will bring,” said Pratap Khati, the AIGL general secretary.

NB Chhetri, central committee member of the GNLF, said, “Ahluwalia’s induction into the Union Cabinet will benefit the hills. But it will depend on what portfolio the BJP leader is given.”

The newly formed Jan Andolan Party (JAP) led by Harka Bahadur Chhetri and the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) were critical in their observation, saying Ahluwalia’s appointment was aimed at the election in Punjab where the BJP wants to give a face. “The sole agenda of the BJP government in making

Ahluwalia a minister of state is to give a Sikh minister as this will help the party in the Punjab election. It is also a strategy to help the GJM garner votes in the next Lok Sabha election as in the recent state Assembly election, the Morcha’s vote share decreased drastically,” said the JAP chief, adding Ahluwalia’s new role would only be a hindrance to the statehood demand.

CPRM spokesperson Govind Chhetri said, “As MP, Ahluwalia has failed to deliver. And we don’t see anything better happening for the hills with him as a minister of state.” The hill Trinamool Congress said it would only comment after the BJP leader was given a portfolio.


(EOIC)

4 Gorkha candidates vie for 3 reserved seats in Dooars

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Pramod Giri, HT, 14 Apr 2016, Kolkata: Vishal Lama, Usha Tamang, Padam Lama and Ganesh Lama may or may not win the Assembly elections. But they are the lucky ones to represent their community for the first time in the Dooars region of Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts where most seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes.

Contesting from three seats these candidates represent the Gorkha community which has the second largest population after the Adivasis in tea producing belts of Dooars. Among the six seats n Dooars, five are reserved for STs while Alipurduar is a general constituency.

Mal, Nagrakata, Madarihat, Kalchini and Kumargram, all reserved Assembly seats for Scheduled Tribes, have always been sending MLAs belonging to the Adivasi community.

The inclusion of Tamang and Subbas belonging to Gorkha community in the Scheduled Tribes list in 2002 has changed the equation thus giving an opportunity to the Gorkha Scheduled Tribes to vie for MLA seats in the Dooars.

Dooars, known as the land of tea gardens and forests, has always lagged behind in terms of development while malnutrition deaths in the closed and abandoned tea gardens have become a regular occurrence.
Four Gorkha Scheduled Tribe candidates are contesting Assembly elections from the reserved seats of Kalchini, Madarihat and Nagrakata.

Vishal Lama and Usha Tamang are contesting as BJP and Independent candidates respectively from Kalchini. The Trinamool has fielded Padam Lama from Madarihat and Ganesh Lama is the All-India Gorkha League candidate from Nagrakata.

Mohan Sharma of the Trinamool, probably the best known political leader in entire Dooars, who is a Gorkha, said, “This is the first time Gorkhas are contesting the Assembly election in the Dooars.” Sharma, the sabhadhipati of Alipurduar zilla parishad, told HT, “Had Subbas and Tamangs not been accorded Scheduled Tribe status, hardly any Gorkha would have contested the Assembly election in the Dooars.”

Though reservation has largely helped to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the Adivasis, this has also come on the way of Sharma and Amarnath Jha of realising their dream of achieving higher political status. Sharma and Jha, both Brahmins and who were in the Congress for a long period before joining the Trinamool, are credited with grooming many junior Adivasi leaders who later became ministers, MPs and MLAs.


Via kalimpongnews


Gorkhas So far...: No Land’s Wo/men in India (Part-III)

8:11 AM
Writes Tikendra Kumar Chhetry
Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
Sikkim University

"I believe slogans like Bharat ki barbaadi or Gorkhaland should be treated as an attack on the integrity of India. I can't say whether its sedition or not but its definitely an attack on India and steps should be taken to curb it."
-Chandra Kumar Bose, A Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader

“My blood and sweat smell the soil of this land. My body is painted of the soil of this land. I am born and shall die in this country. Assam is my motherland. I cannot leave this struggle which is for the freedom for crores of people like me in this country”.
-Chhabilal Upadhyaya,The First President of Indian National Congress Assam Provincial Committee

“Though I am overjoyed on the occasion of my country’s long awaited Independence, at the same time thinking about the future of the thirty lakh Gorkhas spread all over India makes me deeply concerned and worried”.
-Damber Singh Gurung, Leader of All India Gorkha League, 15th August, 1947

Second and third of the above placed statements were made by two ardent Gorkha freedom fighters of Indian freedom struggle in two different situations.  The second one was by Chhabilal Upadhyaya as mentioned above, the valorous freedom fighter from Assam and, one who is claimed to be the first president of Assam provincial congress committee. He was found making this statement while he was interrogated by colonial Police superintendent in relation to his (Chhabilal’s) efforts to organise a meeting to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s first ever Assam visit. Chabilal Upadhyaya had attended the meeting at Tezpur polo ground, Assam organized on occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s visit in August 1921 as a part of Non-Co-operation Movement. After the adjournment meeting, the district Police Superintendent (SP) of colonial administration took Upadhyaya to Hazarpar Park in his own (SP’s) car and made lucrative offers to him. Police officer said, “Do not oppose the Government. I will pay you Rs. 500/- per month, I will return your seized gun.” Upadhyaya boldly replied: “I am born in Assam and shall die in Assam, Assam is my motherland. I cannot leave the Congress”. At that juncture, Gandhi was resting in Parmananda Agrawalla’s house. When these words reached to Gandhi, he appreciated Upadhyaya in two valuable words- “Achchha Kiya”.
Chandra Kumar Bose - Gorkhaland an attack on the integrity of India
Chandra Kumar Bose - Gorkhaland an attack on the integrity of India
The third one, as mentioned, was by Damber Singh Gurung, the then leader of All India Gorkha League (AIGL). Gurung had made this statement while he was addressing the triumphant crowed on occasion of freedom of India on 15th August 1947.

Apart from above mentioned two different moments, Damber Singh Gurung and Chhabilal Upadhyaya led Gorkha community had a great contribution in keeping the then Assam which comprises considerably a large part of present northeast intact within present boundary of India. In the year of 1946, when at the threshold of moment of free sky, India was encountering oversized problem created by proposal of Cabinet Mission. On proposal of Cabinet Mission subscribing Jinnah’s ‘two nation theory’, the colonial government wanted to club up the then Assam with East Bengal (the then proposed east Pakistan and presently Bangladesh). To counter the proposal, some local congress leaders attempted to convince national leaders as well as tried to mobilize all sections of people in region against the move. Gorkhas stood by the side of whole community with all lovely attachment to region. The Assam Provincial committee of All India Gorkha League (AIGL) opposed the colonial plan. Damber Singh Gurung the central president of AIGL gave a written assurance in support of Congress. Gopinath Borodoloi sent two Congressmen, Vijoy Chandra Bhagawati and Mahendra Mohan Choudhury to meet Mahatma Gandhi to avoid Assam’s inclusion into East Pakistan. Gandhi replied, “Assam’s quietness would finish it. Only Assam can do what it wants”. Assam stood at a critical juncture. By the time, Chhabilal Upadhyaya, a Gorkha of the affected region was selected as the president of central body of the AIGL in its 4th central conference held at Tezpur of Assam in April, 1947. Under his leadership, the Gorkha League strictly denounced the inclusion of Assam into the Eastern part of proposed Pakistan that was being designed under Jinnah’s ‘two nation theory’. Chhabilal declared “Jinnah would not be allowed to decide the future of Assam. The AIGL opposes Jinnah’s plan of Pakistan and inclusion of Assam. And to avoid it, if necessary, thirty lakh Gorkha wrists with khukuris would be used to save our motherland India”.

The first one of above statements is by Chandra Kumar Bose, known to be the grand Nephew of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate who is probably contesting against present West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee during the upcoming Assembly election that is going to be held in five states in India including West Bengal.

The second statement portrays that how Gorkhas were committed for the freedom of the land being visionary for self and community while country of love was in the jog of freedom struggle. The third statement reveals that how a Gorkha leader, an ardent freedom fighter of country foresaw the possible status of the community that he belonged, on the very first day of the Independence of country. It is difficult to grasp that what were the circumstances those compelled Damber Singh Gurung to depict his frustration about future of a community that he belonged. Whatever might be the situation, Gurung’s forecast about the future of Gorkhas that he made at the first day of exultant free India slowly started to be proved. The first of the statements above ( which is very recent one) is one of the evidences that how contribution of Gorkhas in architecting India has been disregarded time and again causing misery, adversaries and on the top, no land’s people in own country.

 Aggravating situations against Gorkhas in free India started to undervalue the vision and sacrifice of leader like Chhabilal Upadhyaya. The members of community that freedom fighters like Chhabilal Upadhyaya and Damber Singh Gurung belonged gradually started to face the rejection and reduction in own country where lakhs of their ancestors sacrificed pouring sweat and blood to paint the colour of freedom. In this regards, so-called leaders like Chandra Kumar Bose, times and again, are deliberately creating situation for let Gorkhas’ be excluded and attacked in every sphere of state’s every day practices.

However, in a long list of the messiahs of divisive politics in India, Chandra Kumar Bose is not the only face but just a new face to provoke the some ill-minded citizenry to attack Gorkha community in India.

The initial defamation that came to Gorkhas was from none other than the first Deputy prime minister of country, Sardar Ballavbhai Patel on 14th December 1949. On question of Pandit Thakurdas regarding the creation of a province with Gorkha populace Darjeeling, Patel had made a very numb and insensible reply. Patel’s argument deemed his derogatory and suspicious perception on Gorkhas when he said that proposal to create Darjeeling as a province was harmful for the welfare and integrity of country but, he failed to explicate his argument in parliament and baselessly crushed the proposal.

The misdemeanor that Sardar Ballavbhai Patel made against Gorkhas was followed by the office of National language commission. Anand Singh Thapa, the chief editor of Jagrat Nepali, a magazine, and his two associates Bir Singh Bhandari and Narendrasingh Thapa had submitted a memorandum to Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first president of Indian republic demanding the constitutional recognition of Nepali language under Eight Schedule of the constitution in January 18, 1956. But, B. G. Kher, the then chief of National Language Commission of India had made a controversial remark against Nepali speakers.  B.G. Kher in his reply to memorandum of Anand Singh Thapa, Bir Singh Bhandari and Narendrashingh Thapa remarks that Nepali is a foreign language; hence it cannot be recognized as a language under the eight schedule of the constitution of country.

Even the some prime ministers of country had very discriminatory and indifferent attitude towards the bona-fide Gorkhas, the Nepali speaking citizens. In 1979, Morarji Desai, the then Prime Minister of India had placed ridiculous and irresponsible commentary backlashing Nepali as foreign language when a delegation of Akhil Bharatiya Nepali Bhasa Samiti was tabling a demand to include Nepali language under eighth schedule of Indian constitution. Morarji Desai responded discourteously stating that the Gorkhas can be thrown into the Indian Ocean when the said delegation was trying to draw his attention to the contribution of Gorkhas, the Nepali speakers in country, particularly in protecting country as crucial custodian of defense sector of country. Also Indira Gandhi had very vague and insensitive outlook over Gorkhas in country. Ms. Gandhi tried to ignore the issue that pertained to demand for inclusion of Nepali language in eighth schedule of constitution and she rhetorically stated “vehicle is moving forward’. It is difficult to decode the rhetoric phrase she used as reaction over the demand of Akhil Bharatiya Nepali Bhasa Samiti but, a common and laymen understanding can interpret it as reduction of the value of Gorkhas’ contribution in building this nation. During 80s of last century when the Gorkhaland Movement was on its peak the then ruling left front in West Bengal, using all tools, tried to brand the Gorkhaland movement an anti-national upsurge. Attempts were seen to provoke non-Gorkha people against Gorkhas in West Bengal labeling a constitutional demand of Gorkhaland as an anti-national insurgency or foreigners’ shakeup. With the motive to brutally crush a popular movement for a constitutional demand, the Left Front West Bengal government put pressure on Rajib Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India to consider the movement a threat to India. He did not give any heed to the staging of West Bengal government. However, the Prime Minister gutted his sympathy, while he also fall in Gorkha (Nepali speakers) slurring convoy while he lost the balance of his tongue and lips and made the ‘Nepalese of Darjeeling are foreigners, thus some political arrangement to be made’. Undeniably, despite the fact that his initial response towards Gorkhas was not concrete but it was somehow compassionate latter. Though he did not sort out any plan over the demand of Gorkhaland (the aspiration of all Gorkhas living across the country for the identity of their inclusiveness in India) yet his moral commiseration towards the issue of Gorkha community was someway reflective.

Sardar Ballavbhai Patel, B.G. Kher, Morarji Desai, Indira Gandhi and Jyoti Basu led Left Front West Bengal Government are only a few examples in a long cue who enjoyed and roasted their political bread glooming the glorious history of Indian freedom struggle while they excluded, demeaned and rejected derecognizing Gorkhas’ nationality in their own land. In the pace of time in Indian politics, leaders with insufficient knowledge of Indian history appeared and left in pages of past and, avatar of similar leaders in face like Chandra Kumar Bose is still occurrence to disregard the Indian history worsening the nationality status of Gorkhas. In relation to Chandra Kumar Bose, it may observably be added that in BJP too he is a next name after standing PM Narendra Modi and Rahul Sinha who are playing with the innocence of Gorkhas. In a mass gathering at Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency during Lok Sabha election 2014, PM Narendra Modi had assured that the issue of Gorkhas would be taken into consideration after BJP acquires parliamentary power. Gorkhas trusted him/his party throughout the country rightly starting from Darjeeling constituency. It is now two years of BJP’s power in parliament. Modi is not seen flipping back the page of his assurance to Gorkha. After few days of his assurance, the then president of West Bengal unit of BJP openly declared BJP’s disagreeable position on Gorkhaland. Rahul Sinha is beating the same anti-Gorkha aspiration drum still, and now, Chandra Kumar Bose projects constitutional demand of Gorkhas as threat to the country.

As mentioned here, these are only few names from a large cue of national leaders in India who disgustingly design/designed the tickets for minority Gorkha community in national political circle to roast their political breads defaming national history of India. Apart these mentioned figures, there is another large cue of journalists, film stars, columnists, civil servants, social workers local political leaders in various parts of country and so on, who glue/glued stickers of foreign nationality on the forehead of Gorkhas in India. These maturely immature bunches of people hoodwinking the rest mass of citizens in India while they talk/write/work in the fields academics on nationalism/constitutionalism, politics, journalism, film, performing arts, civil services, social services, games and sports and so on, in one hand and, glued/glue stickers of foreign nationality on the forehead of Gorkhas in India in other. For every conscious/concerned citizen of India these bunches of citizens are maturely immature because, talking/writing/working on these fields cannot be completed without placing the names of Gorkha ancestors like Durga Malla, Khadga Bahadur Bista, Dal Bahadur Giri, Indreni Thapa, Sabitri Thapa, Damber Singh Gurung, Ari Bahadur Gurung, Sitara Devi, Laxman Shrestha, Shasi Shekhar Jung Bahadur Rana, Chandra Singh Rawat, Bir Bahadur Gurung, Amar Bahadur Gurung, Upendra Singh Rawat, U B Thapa Shyam Thapa and so ahead… Some of readers might be curious to know these people are about. Definitely, contribution of these historical figures will be discussed in next number of this series.

There is a large list of Gorkha names pending in the history of India who had contributed firmly to prepare India to the present stand. Right now, before quieting the key board and cursor here, it is to add, some so-called Indian citizens like Chandra Kumar Bose, time and again make/made mockery of Indian history gluing stickers of foreign nationality on the forehead of Gorkhas in India. The glory of India is severely incomplete until Gorkhas contributions are mentioned.

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Harka Bahadur Chhetri might join TMC in future

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TMC
Harka Bahadur Chhetri today dropped hints that he was not averse to joining another party, and Trinamul senior leader Partha Chatterjee added fuel to the speculation fire by saying "the matter is being handled by our leader".
This morning, Chhetri said he would be writing his resignation letter to the president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Bimal Gurung. Late this evening, Gurung said he had not received any letter from the Kalimpong MLA.

"I shall remain an Independent MLA. But in the future I can join any party, say the CPM, Congress, BJP or Trinamul," Chhetri said, when asked outside the Assembly which party he would join.

When Trinamul secretary-general Chatterjee was asked if Chhetri would join the ruling party, he told The Telegraph over phone: "Since the matter is being handled by our leader (Mamata Banerjee), she is in a better position to throw light on it."
Security personnel outside Harka Bahadur's house in Kalimpong on Friday.
 Picture by Chinlop Fudong Lepcha
During Mamata Banerjee's trip to Kalimpong earlier this week, Chhetri met her on Monday night, although all other Morcha leaders kept away from government events that Mamata presided over.

A Trinamul source close to the chief minister said Chhetri had discussed his "possible switch to the party" during the Kalimpong chat. When asked why he went to meet Mamata in Kalimpong, the MLA cited propriety. "She is our chief minister and since she was visiting my constituency, it was part of my duty to meet her."

Gurung, who returned from Delhi today, said he had "no inkling" about the resignation as he has "not received anything in writing" in this regard. "I feel that if he (Chhetri) has anything to say or make any decision, he should send us the details in writing, instead of making verbal statements," Gurung said at Bagdogra after landing from Delhi.

Asked about Chhetri's allegations of his "autocratic" way of functioning, Gurung said: "Have I duped people? I have run the party in a completely democratic manner, with the sole focus on development in the hills. Now if anybody raises questions about the party's functioning and on my way of running it, it will be unfortunate. He had won the people's vote. Now if he makes any decision, it is up to the people to decide how they consider his decision."

Technically, Chhetri can stay on as an Independent MLA as it will not go against the anti-defection law. The law is applicable when the number of legislators defecting is less than one-third the strength of that particular party in the House. As there are only three MLAs of the Morcha in the sitting Assembly, Chhetri alone makes up one-third strength. Also, the anti-defection law kicks after the party requests the expulsion of the defectors and the Speaker assents to the request.

Two other Morcha MLAs - Trilok Dewan from Darjeeling and Rohit Sharma from Kurseong - who were to resign today, skipped the session and would resign on Monday.

Morcha chief Bimal Gurung had said the MLAs would resign from the Bengal Assembly as a move to renew the Gorkhaland agitation. The resignations are also the Morcha's stance to protest what the Morcha thinks is the meddlesome nature of the state government in affairs of the GTA.

Today, the Darjeeling district administration posted several policemen outside Chhetri's house - the MLA generally moves around with one police guard.

Chhetri, 58, criticised the Morcha leadership for its current stand-off with the state government. "A working relationship with the state government is necessary to get development work done in the hills. But those at the helm in the party do not agree with me," he said.

He repeated, without mentioning Gurung by name, that it was "unilaterally" decided the MLAs must resign, without taking the legislators into confidence.

"The decision on the resignations from the House was taken unilaterally by those at the helm in Morcha without my consent. Besides, on several issues, I am not being consulted. In fact, the situation has come to such a pass that one cannot remain in the party with self respect," he said.

"My protest is against this autocratic style of functioning," he said.

Chhetri had said earlier that he wanted Kalimpong subdivision to be made a district, an issue that could push the Morcha to the back foot as the district demand may find resonance among residents of the subdivision.

The Morcha's rivals in the hills said Chhetri leaving would be a setback for the hill's most powerful party, but they also said the MLA couldn't be absolved of all the blame of the "mess" the party had made in the hills.

Pratap Khati, the president of the Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, said: "By leaving the party responsible for the mess that the hills have turned into, Chhetri cannot hope to absolve himself of any guilt. He and Bimal Gurung are equally responsible, and the people should not forgive either of them."

Khati said it was Chhetri who had said that he would leave the Morcha if it compromised on the Gorkhaland demand, but later, he became the the most vocal defender of the GTA.

"He had defended the GTA by saying it was only slightly lesser than the state. We had repeatedly told him not to trust Gurung, but he ignored our advice," he said.

Source Telegraph

Bharati Tamang threatens fast-unto-death demanding arrest of GJM leaders

6:41 PM
Bharati Tamang, the widow of slain All India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang on Tuesday threatened to go on to fast till death, to demand immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders against whom a city court in Kolkata has issued a warrant of arrest.
Bharati Tamang threatens fast-unto-death demanding arrest of GJM leaders
Bharati Tamang
AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati argued that there was an undue delay in execution of the arrest. “No stay order has been issued as yet against the warrant of arrest. So why is the CBI delaying in
making the arrest of the 23 accused,” he asked.

After the court issued the warrant of arrest, the AIGL leadership had expressed its gratitude the CBI for filing the charge sheet against the top rung GJM leaders in the Madan Tamang murder case.
On June 6, the city and session’s court in Kolkata directed the CBI to execute the arrest of the GJM leaders within June 26. This after the central agency had filed its final supplementary charge sheet in the court on May 29.

However, on Tuesday the slain AIGL leader’s widow expressing surprise in the delay in the arrest by the CBI said: “The court has directed the execution of the warrant of arrest. We do not why the CBI is delaying in making the arrest. Since there are no other options with us, we have decided to fast on to death”.

Nine GJM leaders have already filed for anticipatory bail in the high court on Monday. The bail plea has been made by Bimal Gurung, Roshan Giri, Binay Tamang, Colonel Ramesh Allay, P.T.Ola, Pradeep Pradhan, Asha Gurung, Urmila Rumba and Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri.

The AIGL has also written to the CBI director and joint director to apprise them about the delay. “We have written to the Central agency director demanding the accused to be arrested as soon as possible. We will give the CBI 24 hours’ time after they receive our letter that we posted today. After this we will go on a fast till death,” Khati said.

The AGIL leader also demanded the seizure of passports of the 23 GJM leaders. “Today we have also written to the passport office in Kolkata asking them to seize the passports of all the accused GJM leaders. There is always the possibility that they (accused) may try to escape the arrest,” Khati said. Initially, the CID had been asked to probe the Madan Tamang murder case. The state agency had arrested primed accused Nicole Tamang, a GJM central committee leader on August 16, 2010. However, he managed to escape mysteriously from Pintail Village near Siliguri on August 22, 2010, while being interrogated by the sleuths. He remains untraceable.

Source:EOI

In solidarity with Late Madan Tamang after arrest warrant of top GJM leaders

9:47 AM
People in the hills were anxiously waiting for the result of the hearing on the Madan Tamang Murder case on 6th June Saturday. As the news of the arrest warrant being issued against GJM ( Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) top leaders including Bimal Gurung trickled in, the crowd started to gather outside AIGL (All India Gorkha League) office in Ladenla Road in Darjeeling.
Supporters and Well Wishers Paying Solidarity To Late AIGL Former Chief Madan Tamang in Memorial
Supporters and Well Wishers Paying Solidarity To Late
 AIGL Former Chief  Madan Tamang in Memorial 
Members of the newly formed 'Democratic Front' joined AIGL leaders in the office, where Ms. Bharati Tamang - wife of Late. Madan Tamang and the current AIGL President, was also present, and offered their solidarity.

In a symbolic gesture, supporters and well wishers  gathered at AIGL office then moved to upper club-side to the Madan Tamang memorial and lighted candles.

Speaking briefly to the Press, Ms. Bharati Tamang said, "the court order issued today is a testament to the fact that truth always prevails... we are happy and thankful to the court."

Via: TheDC

GJM BJP relation likely to suffer in Darjeeling after CBI Chargesheet

7:56 PM
Relations between BJP and Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) in Darjeeling is likely to suffer as the CBI has named top party leaders like president Bimal Gurung and 21 others in its chargesheet in Madan Tamang murder case.

GJM chief with Narendra Modi and S.S. Ahluwalia before election during Modi's Siliguri visit
GJM chief with Narendra Modi and S.S. Ahluwalia before election during Modi's Siliguri visit.
Tamang was the All-India Gorkha League (AIGL) president and was murdered in broad daylight in Darjeeling town in May 2010. The CID was probing the case and had also filed charge sheet. But Tamang's wife Bharati moved Calcutta High Court seeking a CBI investigation and the court had granted her prayer and asked the CBI to take up the case.

The CBI, which was probing the murder case, had submitted its last and final charge sheet in a city court here on last Friday. In the charge sheet, the CBI named top GJM leaders like its president Bimal Gurung, his wife Asha, party MLA from Kalimpong assembly seat Harkabahadur Chhetry, party's general secretary Roshan Giri, Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) chief Pradip Pradhan and other leaders of GJM.

GJM is a political ally of BJP since 2009 when the Gorkhas had supported BJP in 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Last year too, BJP's SS Alhuwalia won Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat with support from the GJM. But the charge sheet filed by the CBI naming almost all top leaders of the party has certainly unnerved the GJP top leadership and they have already contacted BJP leadership in Delhi.

GJM MLA Harkabahadur Chhetry was in Kolkata on Monday and when contacted, he refused to say anything on the issue. But senior GJM leaders told ET over phone from Darjeeling that they will hold a meeting in the Hills on June 7 to explain their position. GJM leaders also informed that they were consulting legal experts both in Kolkata and Delhi and will fight the case legally and politically. Fearing arrests by the CBI, GJM leaders are also planning to move courts for obtaining anticipatory bail.

A senior GJM leader told ET that they had already talked to the Darjeeling MP Alhuwalia who asked them not to go for any violent movement in Darjeeling hills immediately. "Mamata Banerjee government is very happy with the CBI charge sheet as the Central probe agency has named our top leaders in Tamang murder case. The CM doesn't want GJM to flourish as she has opposed our demand for a separate Gorkha state. But we expect help and support from top BJP leaders in Delhi. Our leaders are also plann .

West Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha ruled out possibility of any deterioration in their relationship with GJM over the CBI charge sheet. "Naming someone in a charge sheet does not mean that the persons is guilty.We maintain a cordial relationship with the GJM and it will continue," Sinha claimed.

Source: economictimes


Democratic Front in Darjeeling formed, support CBI probe in Madan Tamang case

9:37 AM
In early 2000, the All India Gorkha League(AIGL), the Communist Party Revolutionary Marxist(CPRM) and a few other parties in the hills of  Darjeeling had come together to form under the leadership of Madan Tamang the People’s Democratic Front(PDF) against the highhandedness of the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF).

The PDF did not last long, but the wheels have turned full circle and again, with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM) cornered in the wake of the CBI filing its final charge-sheet against top GJM leaders in the Madan Tamang murder case, five opposition parties in the hills have been quick to react and form a Democratic Front(DF) with the sole aim of restoration of democracy in the hills.

The constituents of DF are Madan Tamang’s own party All India Gorkha League (AIGL), Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM), Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), CPM and the Sikkim Darjeeling Ekikaran Manch (SDEM).

AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati who was appointed convener of the newly formed outfit on Tuesday after a meeting said: “After Madan Tamang’s murder and looking at the current political situation of the hills, we felt the need to retrospect on ways to move ahead. Keeping this in mind, our priority unanimously is restoration of democracy. Therefore we formed the Front, today”.
Elaborating on the issue in hand, CPRM president R.B.Rai said time was right to form such an organization that would work towards bringing back democracy in the Hills. “The AIGL leader was murdered five years ago. But things are hotting up now with the CBI charge -sheet against GJM leaders. Democracy does not imply only to the AIGL but has implications for others too,” he explained.
Democratic Front poster in Darjeeling
Democratic Front poster in Darjeeling
On the question of forming a platform only for restoring democracy and not other political agenda, the CPRM leader said, “There are various demands of different political entities of the Hills. However, what is the use of other things, when something as basic as democracy is
missing”. Rai appealed to people to extend support to the newly formed Front. “At present politics in the hills is not free and fair and there is an underlying fear among people about their security. People should come out and support our endeavour,” he said.

The Front has not yet chalked out its strategies but said they would first start by meeting Bengal Governor Kesharinath Tripathi, who is presently in Darjeeling, putting up posters in the Hill town propagating their demand and even writing to both the state government and the Centre. “We will meet the Governor and apprise him about our objective of forming the Front and also about the CBI charge-sheet. There is sufficient evidence against the GJM leaders in our leader’s murder,” Khati said.

Mani Kamal Chhetri, the GNLF Darjeeling branch secretary said his party decided to join hand to strongly support the CBI initiatives.

The Front had also invited the Trinamool Congress, BJP and the Congress but their representatives did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

Darjeeling district Trinamool president  Rajen Mukhia, when asked to confirm the invitation said his party would not join the Front but only extend moral support. “We will not join but extend moral support. As for the CBI charge sheet against the GJM leaders, we feel that if
proved guilty they should be arrested,” he said.

Later in the day GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang issued a statement to counter the Democratic Front. “If the Front had been formed for a separate Gorkhaland state then we would have welcomed it. It is only a gimmick of the various inactive political parties for its survival in the Hills,” reads Tamang’s statement.

On the democracy claim, the GJM assistant reminded the Front that their member parties had failed to take a stand during the 22 years of GNLF misrule and anarchy when, unlike in the present situation, the voices of dissent had been curtailed.


Source: EOI
 
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