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Fight against Centre, not Bengal: GJM

Accusing the West Bengal government of playing ‘dirty politics’, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Sunday asserted that its fight was against the central government and it would not compromise on its demand for a separate Gorkhaland.

‘Gorkhaland is not for me but for all, most importantly the youth of Darjeeling. Bengal is playing dirty politics and we must not be scared. They are pointing guns at us but we fight them with the might of the pen,’ GJM supremo Bimal Gurung said here.

Observing that the autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) was an ‘interim arrangement’, Gurung said the GTA accord was signed without dropping the demand for Gorkhaland.

‘When we signed the GTA agreement, the central government said that they don’t have the mandate to give us a state, so take GTA on temporary basis. But within a year the centre declared Telengana. So it must also declare Gorkhaland alongwith Telengana,’ said Gurung, adding that his ‘fight was against the central government and not Bengal’.

The GTA was created 18 July, 2011, via a tripartite agreement signed between the Gorkha outfit and the state and central governments.

Gurung said that he would not entertain any other arrangement other than Gorkhaland.

With the Mamata Banerjee government cracking down on the separatist movement and arresting hundreds of GJM activists, including its key leaders, Gurung accused the state government of ‘playing rough’.
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