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GJM to support TMC in Dooars

7:15 AM
TMC

Darjeeling: In a major setback for the BJP, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Thursday announced its decision to forge an alliance with the Trinamool Congress in the forthcoming Panchayat elections, in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts. This comes on the heels of Kamtapur Progressive Party (KPP) also throwing its weight behind the TMC in Dooars for the rural polls. The day saw a core committee and working committee meeting of GJM at Bagrakote in Jalpaiguri, from where this new political equation has emerged.

"We have decided to forge an alliance with the TMC in the two districts of Dooars for the rural polls. We will support TMC candidates in some Panchayats and in our strongholds, we will field independent candidates. A four-member GJM team will be visiting Dooars soon, to negotiate with TMC on seat sharing," stated Suraj Sharma, GJM Spokesperson. GJM top brass, including president Binay Tamang, was present in the meeting. When questioned on why the GJM decided to leave the BJP fold, Sharma stated: "BJP has let down the Gorkhas. There arenumerous instances of this. They have never been serious about the Gorkhas and have just used us for securing seats during elections."

He further stated that while the BJP-led Union government had called for a report within 3 hours of the recent Ranigunj strife, it remained a mere spectator during the 2017 unrest in Darjeeling and the 104-day-long bandh. "Whereas Mamata Banerjee has helped restore peace and normalcy in the Hills. We want Dooars to benefit also," added Sharma. The GJM has strongholds in several areas of Dooars.

GORKHAS UNSAFE IN BENGAL – Removal of names from voters list, points to a bleak future

7:21 AM

Writes Upendra

"First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me - and by then there was no one left to speak out for me."
                                                                                                           - Pastor Martin Niemöller

Of late, a very scary trend has started in our Darjeeling hills, notices are being issued to those Gorkhaland supporters who have gone underground or missing, asking for them to show up at various designated Government offices with 'relevant documents by a certain date', barring which their names will be removed from the voters list.' In a democratic nation like India, where Majority will always thrive, this is a very scary scenario unfolding for the minorities, and especially for micro-minority communities like the Gorkhas, it could translate to the end of any and all forms of resistance and rebellion against the powers that be.

Legally and technically, the district administration is entitled to seek revision of voters list, and as per rule if a person doesn’t live at a local address for over 6 months, her/his name can be removed. The most famous such case was the removal of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's name from the Lucknow Municipal electoral list in September of 2017. However, Mr. Vajpayee had been residing in Delhi for long, and the removal of his name didn't really affect his fundamental right as a citizen of our great nation.

However, in Darjeeling region, the district administration is using this rule to target those Gorkhaland supporters against whom various cases have been filed, and who have gone or remained underground, for fear of injustice looms large.

In such a situation, the people who are missing, cannot and in all likelihood will not, file for their names to be transferred to other jurisdiction to register as voters. Removal of any name from an electoral roll means such individuals cannot exercise their basic duty as a citizen of our nation - to elect the government of its choice. In a country like India, where criminals of all hues and colours thrive, it is rare for the state government to pursue individuals in a manner which deprives them of their citizenship rights. Case in point, Vijay Mallya still features in the electoral list in Bangalore, and Sanjay Dutta - a convicted terrorist supporter/helper also features in the voter list of Mumbai.

What is worrisome in this exercise the district administration has embarked upon, is that, it cruelly curtails our 'right to protest' against a powerful government. The government, in such a case may slap severe charges (actual and fabricated) against any individual forcing him or her to go underground, and then the government may proceed to struck off the name from the electoral roll, thus barring that individual from becoming a part of the democratic process of our nation - they won't get to vote or contest in elections. Which translates to the government, if it so desires, being able to slap cases against its political opponents, cause them to run and then remove their names from the electoral roll, thereby emptying the political field.

Moreover, the government may, if it so decides, start this process of review for everyone from the micro-minority community who have lived outside their home constituency for over 6 months. Imagine, if such a scenario were to play out, almost everyone who were yelling 'Gorkhaland' at Jantar-Mantar or writing and shouting for/against it from anywhere outside Darjeeling region, may actually not retain their voting rights in Darjeeling, if the government of West Bengal decides to take a more draconian stance.

What is really worrisome, in all this is the silence of ALL THE GORKHA POLITICIANS. May be, many are secretly rejoicing at the prospect of having the names of their most detested opponents removed from the voting list, but what they seem to fail to realize is that someday, this same tool of oppression can be and will be used against them. As the Nepali adage goes, " ऊसलाई  खाने बाघले तिमिलाई पनि खान्छ है  - one cannot ride a tiger forever, the tiger will eventually get hungry and run out of other animals to devour." Their silence speaks volumes about how strongly they feel about the welfare of our community.

In comparison when BJP threatened to kick out illegal Bangladeshi refugees from Assam, the Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee went on record to challenge the BJP and threatened them with dire consequences if even a single Bangladeshi was touched - forget Indians, she fought for the rights of Bangladeshis, and here in our hills, the Gorkha politicians who are busy serving under her, are instead defending cops who allegedly threatened one of our Gorkha mother and a sister with rape.

Perhaps such is the curse of being born a Gorkha, we seem to be loyal to everyone else, but our own people.

The politics of Vendetta which had consumed a generation of our people, has today infested our community again. When Subash Ghising was removed from the hills GJM had rejoiced, today when Bimal Gurung is removed and hounded similarly, GNLF is rejoicing, so is AT-BT group of GJM. While CPRM, ABGL and JAP have maintained a seemingly dignified silence, their silence too speaks out loud about how they feel about the whole issue. In the race to play the politics of vendetta, the Gorkhas are losing big time. Today we have become so fragmented that we cannot even dare to speak against this hounding out of Gorkhas from our own lands.

It has begun with the missing GJM leaders, but I am certain, this is just the beginning. The Bengal government will use this on everyone of us, who dare to raise our voice for the welfare of our community and people. From asking for "Family tree since 1950" to those who went to seek residential certificate the Bengal government has made it abundantly clear that they view all of us with suspicion. If we are not careful today, a day may come when the Gorkhas will be rendered homeless. Much like what happened in the rest of North East could end up happening here, and we may end up being rendered homeless in our own lands.

So, please speak out against what's happening in Darjeeling today. Because if we let this trend continue, soon a day may come, when you may want to speak out, but your tongues may have been cut without you even realizing it.

Remember, "if you are afraid to speak out against tyranny, you are already a slave"

Via TheDC

Binay Tamang and Pawan Chamling met in Sikkim, decides to work together

6:23 PM
Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa met Chief Minister of Sikkim Pawan Chamling today at Mintokgang in Sikkim.
Dr Pawan Chamling in the social media wrote the following :-
I met Shri Binay Tamang, GTA Chairman at Mintokgang today.
Following in the lines of my meeting with Ms Mamata Banerjee, Hon’ble Chief Minister of West Bengal earlier, we decided to bury the past and give a new beginning to our relationship by giving full support and co-operation to each other for the progress and prosperity of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills. As immediate neighbours with similar customs, traditions, language etc, it is imperative that we live in harmony with each other as fellow Indians. We decided to work collectively on various matters for the welfare of the people of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills. Welcoming the decision of Shri Binay Tamang that there would be no more political disturbance in the Hills in  future, I suggested that they should bring in the ‘revolution of development’ instead of resorting to violence and bandhs, which will only result in destruction. Additionally, I reiterated our stand that the Government of Sikkim will never meddle in the affairs of West Bengal and Darjeeling Hills.
Following are some of the highlights of our discussion:-
1. I raised the subject of security and safety of NH10 which is essential for the well-being of Sikkim and the Sikkimese people. I am pleased to share that Shri Binay Tamang gave the assurance to keep it free from encumbrances in future. His suggestion of establishing a helpline for NH10 is also well taken. Similarly, assurance was also given for the safety of Sikkimese students studying in various educational institutions in the Hills.
2. Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills will take up certain issues jointly with the Central Government, such as tribal status for eleven left out communities, overhead stations for the upcoming railway line, and construction of towers of hydel projects without taking the consent of the State Government or GTA, as the case may be.
3. Consensus to be arrived at regarding reciprocal transport arrangement (plying of taxis) through Secretary level dialogue. Similarly, Government of Sikkim and GTA authorities should discuss and deliberate upon creation of a tourist circuit comprising Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills.
4. Surveillance on both sides to be strengthened so no untoward incidents take place. Special attention should be given to border areas like Sombaria, Daramdin, Rhenock through which chemical fertilizers are being smuggled into Sikkim.
5. Government of Sikkim and GTA authorities to work out measures for construction and upgradation of roads and bridges in some areas.
6. Grant-in-aid to be provided by Government of Sikkim to Bhutia Busty Monastery and Mahakal Temple at Darjeeling as done in the past.

This meeting have led to local political critics thinking That the meeting have boost the credibility of Binay Tamang and also that the Chief minister of Sikkim Mr Pawan Chamling too has recognized his position. This also raises a question that whether Sikkim have started alienating itself from NDA and forging hands with non NDA forces?

सिक्किमको मुख्यमन्त्री अनि जिटिए चेयरम्यान अनि भाइस चेयरम्यान माझ सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता आउँदो २७

5:54 PM
सिक्किमको मुख्यमन्त्री अनि जिटिए चेयरम्यान अनि भाइस चेयरम्यान माझ सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता आउँदो २७ मार्चको दिन तय

दार्जिलिङ,२४ मार्च २०१८:

आज जिटिए भाइस चेयरम्यान अनित थापाले प्रेस बिज्ञ्पती मार्फत आउँदो २७ मार्चको दिन हुने भेटवार्ता बारे जनाएका छन्।उनले भने,'दार्जीलिङ- सिक्किममाझ युगौंदेखि रहिआएको प्रगाढ़ साइँनो अनि सम्बन्धमा अझ थप आयाम अनि प्रगाढ़ता प्रदान गर्ने उद्धेश्यले आगामी २७ मार्च २०१८ ( मगंलबार)- को दिन जीटीए, बोर्ड अफ एडमिनिस्ट्रेटर्सका अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङ अनि उपाध्यक्ष अनित थापाले सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङसित सौजन्यमूलक भेटवार्ता गर्ने तय भएको छ। सिक्किमको मिन्तोकगाङस्थित मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङको आवासगृहमा अपराह्न ३ बजी उक्त भेटवार्ता हुनेछ।

विगतमा रहिआएको दार्जीलिङ पहाड़ अनि सिक्किममाझको कतिपय राजनैतिक समस्याहरूको निराकरण अनि आपसी मतभेदलाई साम्य गराउने उद्धेश्यले उक्त भेटवार्ता अत्यन्त आवश्यक देखिएको थियो। किनभने कतिपय भूल बुझाबुझ अनि राजनैतिक क्रियाकलापहरूले दार्जीलिङ-सिक्किममाझको राजनैतिक आत्मीयता अनि रगतको साइँनोमा केही चिसोपन देखिन शुरू भएको थियो।  तर गत १७ तारीख  मार्च २०१८ को दिन सिलगढ़ीमा सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङ अनि पश्चिम बगांलका मुख्यमन्त्री ममता व्यानर्जीको भेटवार्तापछि यो अवसर तय भएको थियो। अब आगामी २७ मार्चको दिन सिक्किमका मुख्यमन्त्री डा. पवन कुमार चामलिङ अनि जीटीए अध्यक्ष विनय तामाङ अनि उपाध्यक्ष अनित थापामाझ सम्पन्न हुने भेटवार्ताले दार्जीलिङ अनि सिक्किममाझ चिस्सिदै गइरहेको सम्बन्धमा पुनः आत्मीयताको न्यानोपन फर्केर आउनेछ भन्ने हामी पूर्ण विश्वस्त छौं।

सिक्किम हाम्रो अभिभावक राज्य हो  किनभने त्यहाँ हामीसित रगतको साइँनो लाग्ने आफन्तहरू बसोबासो गर्दछन्। त्यहाँ हाम्रो अनुहार भएका मुख्यमन्त्री अनि मन्त्रीहरू छन् जसले सबल अनि सक्रियताको साथ सिक्किम राज्यलाई प्रगतिको मार्गतिर लगातार दोहोराइरहेका छन्। हामी दार्जीलिङवासी सिक्किमको उक्त प्रगति देखेर  सदैव गौरव गर्छौ। अर्कोतिर, सिक्किमले पनि दार्जीलिङवासीलाई सदैव माया गरेर हरसम्भव साथ अनि सहयोग प्रदान गरेको इतिहास छ जसलाई दार्जीलिङवासीले कदापि भुल्न सक्नेछैनन्।

यसैले विगतमा भएको भूल बुझाबुझ अनि मतभेद अथवा घर झगड़ालाई भुलेर सिक्किम- दार्जीलिङले दाजु-भाईको नाताले सम्बन्धको न्यानो अगांलो हाल्ने दिन आइसकेको छ। किनभने दार्जीलिङले हिजो भोगेको तिक्तता, पीड़ाहरू सब भुलेर सिक्किमले झै शान्ति, उन्नति अनि समृद्धिको मार्गमा अघि बड़्न चाहन्छ। विगतका सबै दुर्घटनाहरू भुलेर भावी-पीढ़िको सुन्दर भविष्य अनि सुन्दर, सुनियोजित तथा समस्याविहीन दार्जीलिङको निर्माण गर्न चाहन्छ।

हाम्रो यस अभियानमा हामीले अभिभावकको रूपमा मान्दै आइरहेको सिक्किमले पनि पूर्ण सहयोग प्रदान गर्नेछन् भन्ने हामीलाई विश्वास छ। यही विश्वासको साथ हामी हाम्रो अभिभावक राज्यका अभिभावक मुख्यमन्त्रीसित भेटवार्ता गर्न आगामी २७ मार्च २०१८ को अपराह्व ३ बजी सिक्किममा हुनेछौं।

Bimal Gurung's career finished - Anit Thapa

7:17 AM
‘His career finished… impossible for Bimal Gurung to make comeback’ - Anit Thapa

The political career of Bimal Gurung, leader of one faction of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), seems to be hanging in the balance in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict as there are now very few straws left for him to clutch at — he either has to return to Darjeeling and surrender before the police or continue hiding. Several GJM leaders, once loyal to Gurung, allegedly made calls to the rival GJM faction led by its president Binay Tamang, expressing their wish to join the fold. The rival faction is now commonly called the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Binay Tamang) camp.

General secretary of the rival faction Anit Thapa said that he has been receiving calls from GJM leaders and cadres in Gurung faction after the verdict. “We have been receiving calls the whole day. I won’t take any names, but some of the calls we have received are from some big GJM leaders. They now want to join us. We have decided to induct all the leaders and GJM cadres who want to join this faction. At the end of the day, this is the same party, just with different thought process and leaders. They had supported Bimal Gurung all this while, it was an emotional connect, and we understand their feelings,’’ he said. Thapa added that the people have, over the past few months, been turning more towards their faction as the only alternative that could fulfil their dreams of a separate Gorkhaland. “This verdict has swayed the situation in our favour. The sympathisers they (Gurung and his group) had among the public, too, now have no option. This works to our benefit and is good news for us,’’ he said.

Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) spokesperson Neeraj Zimba said that for all practical purposes, Gurung is finished in the Hills. “Legally, there is only one option left for him now. To return to Darjeeling, surrender before the police and face trials for all the cases lodged against him or continue to remain underground. There are so many cases against him that politically I think it is impossible for him to make a comeback. Bimal Gurung may be synonymous with the GJM, but he is not synonymous with the Gorkhaland movement, which is a people’s movement. The ground reality is that Gurung’s supporters and sympathisers are few at this point in time. Even during the agitation, he was physically absent,’’ said Zimba.

Talking about the Gorkhaland agitation, Zimba said the Supreme Court verdict has taken the wind out of the movement’s sails. “At this present moment, as things stand, a separate Gorkhaland state does not seem possible. But, we are still looking for a viable political solution to the problem of Darjeeling,’’ he said.

The verdict is a shot in the arm for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who did not react to it. It has unequivocally placed her in the strongest position in north Bengal. Mamata’s main rival in the Hills, the GJM, has irrevocably split and she has placed Binay Tamang at its helm.

For the BJP, which has been slowly making inroads into the state’s political space, the verdict is a spoiler. “S S Ahluwalia (BJP’s Darjeeling MP) had extended his full support to Gurung. We will have to see what political stand he will take in the Hills after this. The verdict also most definitely affects the BJP’s chances in the Hills as Gurung’s GJM was their main ally. A vacuum has been created and other players will come to the fore now,’’ said Zimba. The climb-down for the Hill parties has been so rapid that none of them are even now demanding a tripartite dialogue with the state and the Centre any longer, he said. “There are bipartite talks now. There will no longer be tripartite talks,’’ added Zimba, whose own party had been demanding the involvement of the Centre along with the other political parties.

Political analysts in the Hills opined that the verdict has thrown the people “into a great deal of uncertainty”.

“Everything will now depend on how the Centre plays its cards. Will they continue to back Gurung? Or will they give him up? If they do give him up and not support the cause of Gorkhaland, there will be no sympathy left for the BJP in the Hills. This will not only affect the districts of the Darjeeling Hills but its implications will be seen across Jalpaiguri all the way to Cooch Behar, where the BJP has been making inroads,’’ said analyst and Darjeeling resident Upendra Pradhan.

Pradhan added that the vacuum in the Darjeeling hills was also due to the fact that the Binay Tamang faction did not really command huge support from the locals. “The faction is seen as being installed by the state government. The reality here is that nobody likes the TMC or anybody who is seen hobnobbing with the Bengal government. Having said that, the 15 development boards set up by Mamata Banerjee is now likely to work in her favour more than ever unless the BJP makes the right moves,’’ said Pradhan.

[Via: Indian Express]
 
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