DARJEELING AGITATION Heating Up

Despite plummeting mercury, political temperature in Darjeeling is rising<br><P><STRONG>UMA KANTA KHANAL</STRONG> in Jhapa</P>

Jan. 10, 2011, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol.: 04 No .-14 Jan. 07-2011 (Poush 23,2067)

The cold weather of Darjeeling is playing a host to a hot political discussion on the demands of forming a separate Gorkhaland State in the district and its peripheral areas of Siliguri and Dooars.


Forming of a separate state for the Telegus of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, dividing Andhra Pradesh are in discussion at the central government level and the effect has come to the hill district of West Bengal, Darjeeling, where the demand of the Gorkhaland state is in the peak.


The forming of Telangana state was in a climax last year. But clashes in Andhra Pradesh obstructed the process formation and the central government formed a commission to find out whether it is the original need of the Telegus to provide them a separate state, Telangana.


The commission was formed in the leadership of former justice of the supreme court of India, Shrikrishna. The commission submitted its report to the union home minister of India, P.
Chidambaram, on 30 December. The report has been submitted in two phases. The central government is going to discuss the matter with the other political parties on 6 January.


The Gorkha parties in Darjeeling have showed their deep concern in the case of report made on the issue of forming Telangana state for the Telegus. They have expressed that if there is a possibility of discussion on the issue of forming Telangana state in south India, there should be discussion on forming a separate state for the Indian Gorkhas. Acting president Dawa Sherpa of an old Gorkha party, which has been demanding separate state for the Gorkhas for more than 30 years- Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League- told New Spotlight over phone, "We are not going to accept sweets that the central government is providing us except Gorkhaland. If there is a chance of forming the Telangana state, there should be the formation of the Gorkhaland state too."




The Gorkha parties except Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League, Marxist Communist Party of India (Revolutionary) and other parties have formed a forum to talk with the central government for forming the separate Gorkhaland state. They have blamed the now agitating party Gorkha Janmukti Morcha that it is going to agree with the setting up of the Interim Authority in Darjeeling escaping from the original demand of forming the separate state.


The parties of the newly formed forum have declared there should be a united agitation. ABGL's acting president, Sherpa said, "Unless we work together, there is a lesser chance of achieving the goal."


The newly formed forum has decided to send its delegation to talk with the central government very soon. After the new forum has decided to talk with the central government on the issue, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has also showed its concern as to what would be the result of the central government discussion with other central political parties.


Roshan Giri, general secretary of GJM said, "We are also closely watching the consequence of the discussion. If the discussion becomes positive in the formation of the Telangana state, we will again start the final agitation for the Gorkhaland state."


The Telangana leader Chandrashekhar Rao has expressed that there will be no agreement except the separate state. So, it will make Darjeeling warmer than before as the Gorkhas have planned their final agitation.

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