Strike will be lifted only tri-partite meeting on GL is initiated: Bimal

Wed, Sep 13, 2017

DARJEEING: GJM president Bimal Gurung has said the ongoing strike in the hills – that completed 90 days today – will be lifted only after tripartite talks for Gorkhaland are initiated. His statement came after the second round all-party meeting took place today at Uttarkanya, Siliguri which was also attended by Morcha rebel Binay Tamang.
“The strike was called by Binay Tamang without consulting me (on June 15). It is due to him that people are facing problems. People are suffering because of him and he should give clarification for this,” said Gurung to reporters here over phone from an undisclosed location.
“The strike should have been discussed first and should have been done in a planned way. People have suffered for three months but they are still supporting the Statehood demand. I will appeal to the people to open the strike only after tripartite talks start for Gorkhaland,” said the GJM president.
People who try to forcibly open the bandh will be responsible if there is retaliation by the public, said Gurung.
Gurung maintained that only the Jan Andolan Party took out the issue of tripartite talks at the meeting in Siliguri.
“Our party had sent someone else but they were not allowed to go there. The State government allowed only those who had gone with Binay whom we had already expelled from the party. The State is trying to arrest us but they are not arresting people who are with Binay,” said the Morcha president.
Gurung also criticised the issues taken out in the meeting today.
“Today was not a meeting of tea bonus and things like salary, withdrawal of cases could be discussed after a solution comes forward. People have died for Gorkhaland and not for compensation,” said Gurung.
Gurung asked people to have patience.
“People have suffered for so long and they should continue to work for some more time as we are pressurizing the Centre. A solution could from there,” said the Morcha president.
Meanwhile, AIGL general secretary Pratap Khati said a show cause notice will be issued to party president Bharati Tamang and vice president Laxman Pradhan for attending the meeting at Siliguri.
“It had been decided that our party will not attend the meeting today but they went. We will issue a show cause notice to them and could also suspend them from the party,” said Khati.
Khati said the meeting today did not achieve anything.