GJM threatens to renew Gorkhland movement

Siliguri: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Wednesday threatened to renew its movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland from February 16 in the Darjeeling hills saying, the demand has never been dropped.

GJM general secretary Rosha Giri told a press conference here that prior to February 16, a rally would be held in Darjeeling on January 20 followed by another at Kurseong on January 27.

"The demand for Gorkhaland was not dropped during the signing of the tripartite agreement," Giri said.

He said that the GJM has received information that the Centre was about to concede the demand for a Telengana state.

"If Telengana can be given statehood, why not Gorkhaland?" Giri asked.

"Time has come to fight to the end. The Gorkhaland demand is the oldest in the country," Giri said.

He said that the GJM had fought for Gorkhaland before the signing of the tripartite agreement that led to the establishment of the new hill council, Gorkha Territorial Administration, in the Darjeeling hills.