GJM Digs Heels Over Full Implementation of Gorkhaland Pact, Asks Mamata to Delay Polls

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The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has appealed to the West Bengal government to postpone the elections to the GTA, scheduled for Wednesday, in light of its demand for full implementation of the GTA Agreement. In a statement on Tuesday, a key GJM leader said they had long been demanding that both the Centre and state governments hold talks with them over how to bring about a political solution to the long-pending issue.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today conveyed its displeasure to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the non-implementation of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Act 2015 and said she should not hold the GTA election.

GJM on Thursday said the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) must be fully implemented before the elections, adding that it does not support any political party but will continue to raise its voice for a separate state of Gorkhaland. The party also said it will hold a rally on February 27 at Chowrangee against Banerjee’s decision to hold the GTA polls amid protests.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Thursday intensified its protest against the West Bengal government and called for a shutdown of the Darjeeling hills from Friday. GJM leader Bimal Gurung said that chief minister Mamata Banerjee was not implementing the signed agreement with GJM to provide full-fledged administrative rights to the Gorkhas within three months as promised. He said, “We have taken extreme decision of shutting down all schools, colleges, offices, government and semi-government establishments including hospitals in seven districts of Darjeeling hills.”

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