Senior GJM leaders Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa were expelled from the party today for “violating” the party line and alleged anti-party activities.The decision was taken at an emergency meeting of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s central committee convened by its supremo Bimal Gurung at an undisclosed location near the Darjeeling- Sikkim border. “Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa have been expelled from the party for violating the party line and anti-party activities,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said.
LOOK OUT NOTICE AGAINST GURUNG
West Bengal police have today issued a look out notice against GJM Chief Bimal Gurung and party General Secretary Roshan Giri.
GJM LEADERS TO ATTEND MEET
Roshan Giri also said that some of the GJM leaders would be present at the September 12 all-party meeting convened by the state government.
“We have decided to send some of our party leaders in the all-party meeting,” he said.
PROTESTS CONTINUE IN HILLS
Thousands of pro-shutdown activists hit the streets at various places in the northern West Bengal hills, including Kurseong, Sonada, Rangan and Darjeeling, raising protests against GJM Joint Secretary Binay Tamang and party leader Anit Thapa on Thursday calling off the ongoing shutdown for 12 days, starting from September 1. Hailing Gurung as the undisputed leader of the Gorkhaland movement, the agitators pledged to continue the impasse till the statehood for the region is realised. Slogans like “Binay Tamang murdabad” and “We want Gorkhaland” were being raised.
‘SOME PARTY LEADERS CONSPIRING TO FAIL MOVEMENT’
GJM chief Bimal Gurung today accused some of his party leaders of joining hands with the West Bengal government and conspiring to foil their agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
Terming such leaders as ‘traitors’, he appealed to the locals to further intensify the agitation from Friday so that the announcement of GJM’s chief coordinator Binay Tamang to call off the shut down from September 1-12 didn’t become successful.
CONFUSION AMONG MASSES
According to police, confusion prevailed among the people of the hills over the differences within the GJM. “When some traders tried to open theirs shops, GJM supporters forcibly closed them,” a senior police official said. Tamang’s house was also ransacked by pro-Gorkhaland supporters. Posters were pasted in front of his house terming him a “traitor of Gorkhaland”.
WOMAN KILLED DURING PROTEST?
The GJM leadership claimed that a woman was killed during lathi charge by police to disperse a crowd that was protesting against the decision to suspend the shutdown. The police, however, denied the allegation.
DARJEELING MP PITCHES FOR TALKS
Union Minister SS Ahluwalia on Friday pitched for talks for resolution of the Gorkhaland imbroglio.
“As an MP from Darjeeling I will say that all problems can be solved through negotiation. If problems can be solved through bipartite talks it is good and if that fails, then we have to opt for tripartite talks between central and West Bengal governments and Gorkha Janamukti Morcha,” the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture was quoted as saying by PTI.
TALKS POSITIVE: MAMATA
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had described the August 29 talks, which were held at the state secretariat, as “positive and cordial” and said dialogue process will continue to restore peace and normalcy in the hills. The hill leaders had raised the issue of Gorkhaland statehood at the meeting but the state government did not agree, she had said.
TALKS TO CONTINUE
The next round of talks between the state government and the GJM is scheduled to be held in north Bengal on September 12.
Source : timesofindia