GJM losing support: Bengal govt

The West Bengal government Monday claimed the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is losing its support base in the Darjeeling hills and people are disenchanted with the party spearheading a movement for a separate Gorkhaland state.

Updated: May 31, 2010, 21:27 PM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal government Monday claimed the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is losing its support base
in the Darjeeling hills and people are disenchanted with the
party spearheading a movement for a separate Gorkhaland state.

West Bengal`s Municipal Minister Ashok Bhattacharya
said people`s participation in yesterday`s show of strength by
GJM in Darjeeling was "not spontaneous" as during the march
taken out after the killing of All India Gorkha League leader
Madan Tamang.

"The people in the hills want immediate restoration of
the law and order, peace and democracy in the hills to instill
confidence among people to resist autocratic rule by the GJM,"
he said.

"The GJM does not enjoy spontaneous public support any
more. They gather people through threat, force and money
power," he claimed.

Bhattacharya said he informed Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee of the impressions he had gathered from a
recent visit to Darjeeling.

Noting that the GJM`s police wing was totally illegal,
he said "the GJM has unleashed a reign of terror in the hills
with these newly raised force, which should be banned
immediately in public interest."

The chief minister, he said, was looking into it.

He said CPI-M`s support to the newly-raised All Party
Democratic Front in the hills against GJM is at the right time
when the government should act to instill confidence among
people to resist the GJM.

PTI