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GJM calls indefinite shutdown for Gorkhaland

Hours after the UPA and the Congress Working Committee endorsed statehood for Telangana, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) announced an indefinite strike in northern West Bengal’s Darjeeling Hills from Saturday to press for its demand for Gorkhaland.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung has also resigned as chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration - an autonomous and elected hill development council which the party has been running for a year. The ruling Trinamool Congress made light of the developments and said it was prepared to tackle any problem. It ruled out any talks with the GJM.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said Gurung Tuesday faxed his resignation to Governor M.K. Narayanan. With the hills already paralysed following a 72-hour shutdown called by his party since Monday, Giri said an indefinite shutdown will be organised from Saturday to raise the pitch for the new state of Gorkahland to be carved out of parts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts.

‘We will go for indefinite shutdowns and our movement will not stop until our demand for Gorkhaland is met. We have already advised students to leave the hills and go to the plains,’ he said.
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