Darjeeling: The all-party meet convened by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Darjeeling has finished. The committee announced a fresh five day agitation programme from August 19 changing the nomenclature of the ‘janata curfew’ to ‘ghar bitrai janta’ (people inside homes) on their demand for a separate Gorkhaland. “The people will stay at home. This is their wish. We honour their wish. They have total support for Gorkhaland,” a spokesman of the newly-formed body, Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee of which GJM was a constituent, said.
“All programs that will be announced from today will be by GJAC,” Gorkka Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung said in a Facebook post.
Asked that the Calcutta High Court expressing displeasure over continuance of bandh in the hills in the name of janata curfew, the spokesman replied, “We have not given any call for a janata curfew.” He said that a human chain programme in the hills would be held on August 26 when the people would wear black bands and carry posters in support of Gorkhaland and to “protest against the attitude of the West Bengal government.”
Before that a ‘rakhi procession’ would be taken out on August 24 and 25, he told reporters. He also demanded the intervention of the central government to resolve the issue.
The GJM, however, insists that it is still ready to hold talks with the West Bengal governor. “We are willing to talk to the Bengal governor if he sends us an invite, but there are no formal invites from him so far,” said a member who attended the meet.
The Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee will meet again on 18 Aug to chart the next course of action.
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