Darjeeling (WB): In a U-turn, the Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha on Sunday said it was withdrawing its proposal for
an interim set-up, scheduled to be taken up at the next
tripartite meeting, and wanted a separate state.
GJM chief Bimal Gurung told a rally at a school campus,
five km from here, that they would henceforward carry on
movement for a separate state which would be known as the
`Gorkha-Adivasi Parishad` and not Gorkhaland.
In an obvious attempt to enlist support of the estranged
adivasis who are opposed to the creation of a separate state
encompassing Dooars and Terai where they are a majority,
Gurung said they would no longer press for an interim set-up
which the West Bengal government and the Centre were insisting
GJM-supported Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh said that the
hill people`s long-standing dream of a separate state was
"Ever since I became an MP from the region, I have taken
the hill people`s dream to Parliament," Singh said.
He, however, appealed to the people to keep their movement
Gurung also told the rally that the GJM`s proposed 10-day
Darjeeling bandh from June 12 had been withdrawn.
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said his organisation
had no hand, direct or indirect, in the murder of All India
Gorkha League chief Madan Tamang and demanded a CBI inquiry to
find out those responsible.