Nine pro-Gorkhaland forces – including the local BJP and the Congress - joined hands on Monday to press for their demand, as the state government’s three-day deadline to lift the indefinite bandh ended.
The Gorkha leaders’ coming together marks their resolve to pursue democratic means of agitation.
“There will be no use of force to enforce the bandh in deference to the Calcutta HC order,” Gorkha Janamukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri has said. The GJM has relaxed its bandh for four days starting August 15. The party has also decided not to use force to enforce the “janata curfew” – where people will stay indoors - that’s to be held over the next two days.
“The question of running the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration further does not arise. At the appropriate time, the remaining 44 members of the GTA would resign,” said GJM spokesperson Harka Bahadur Chettri.
A second meeting of this pro-Gorkhaland platform, to be held on August 16, will finalise the fate of the indefinite bandh. But there were hints that some of the parties may soften their stance.
The participation of the Congress sparked a row, with West Bengal Congress president Pradeep Bhattacharjee saying the Hill unit was asked not to attend the Darjeeling meeting.