In a fresh diktat, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) fighting for
a separate Gorkhaland state Friday ordered theindefinite closure of offices in
Darjeeling and said all development work should be stopped in the West Bengal
hill resort from Saturday.
'All offices of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) should be closed from
Saturday. All other development programs funded by the central government
should also be stopped forthwith,' GJM president Bimal Gurung said in
The GJM, fighting for a new state of Gorkhaland to be carved out of the
Darjeeling sub-division - comprising Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong - and
adjoining areas, had earlier asked people to use GL (Gorkhaland) numberplates
instead of WB (West Bengal) on vehicles and Gorkhaland signboards in offices
and commercial establishments in the Darjeeling hills.
But the directives were kept in abeyance following a request from West Bengal
Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi.
Meanwhile, tempers in the hills are set to rise again with the GJM's students'
arm, Gorkha Janamukti Vidyarthi Morcha, slated to bring out rallies in
Darjeeling town against Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League president Madan Tamang.
He had accused Gurung of compromising the Gorkhaland movement after secret
parleys with the state home secretary. Gurung denied the allegations, and set a
Nov 7 deadline for Tamang to prove his charges.
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said Friday that Tamang should leave politics
as he has failed to prove the allegations within the deadline.