Gorkha body protests decision on Bengali

Gorkha body protests decision on Bengali

Gorkha body protests decision on Bengali

As the situation in the hills became violent around 10,000 tourists who were supposed to come back to Siliguri on Thursday, remained stranded in the hills. "Moreover, the transport system will be hugely improved through the introduction of a large number of buses", she said.

Reacting to this, the chief minister said: "They have the democratic right".

It was the first time in 45 years that the Cabinet meeting was held in Darjeeling.

Banerjee, after her cabinet meeting, claimed the Morcha's agitation was based on a "non-issue".

Meanwhile, the GJM has called for a 12-hour bandh from 6 am on Friday.

"Our party has called for a 12-hour shutdown in the North Bengal hills, including Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Mirik subdivision, in protest against the indiscriminate police action on our peaceful demonstration", GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri told IANS. "We have not received any request from the State government as of now", chief public relations officer of the Army's Eastern Command, S S Birdi said. In retaliation, the protestors threw stones at the police and burnt several police vehicles.

Likewise, the decision of the state government also has not suited well with Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), the TMC ally in the hills, read the report, which called the state administration's decision "undemocratic" and "draconian".

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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters today clashed with the police here, damaged cars of the law enforcement officials and set vehicles on fire when a state cabinet meeting was in progress at the Rajbhavan.The police was forced to use baton and fire tear gas shells to disperse the agitators. The GJM supporters held a dharna and raised slogans against the chief minister.

The GJM leadership stirred up unrest in the hills after the state announced that teaching of Bangla will be made compulsory in schools till class X. Sensing strong opposition from Nepali-speaking Gorkhas, Banerjee on Monday made a U-turn saying schools in the hills do not have to teach Bangla if they do not want to.

This is the first time that the chief minister is holding a cabinet meeting in Darjeeling.

"They (GJM) were in power since five years but have failed to do any development work for the people of the hills".

"The situation in the hills is a matter of grave concern".

The political battle between the GJM and Banerjee is intensifying ahead of the upcoming election to the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA)-the semi-autonomous administrative body for the Darjeeling and Kurseong districts.

CPI (M) leader Surjya Kanta Mishra said "The Kashmir policy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Darjeeling policy of the chief minister are quite similar".

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