GJM meets Bengal governor, complains against forcible imposition of Bengali language in schools
Giri's meeting with the governor is significant as Mamata Banerjee will hold her cabinet meeting at the Raj Bhavan in Darjeeling for the first time.
KOLKATA: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) general secretary Roshan Giri on Wednesday met the governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and complained that Mamata's government was trying to force the Gorkhas in Darjeeling to learn Bengali in schools. Giri also sought governor's intervention to stop the state government to force the Gorkhas in the Hills to learn Bengali compulsorily.
Giri's meeting with the governor is significant as Mamata Banerjee will hold her cabinet meeting at the Raj Bhavan in Darjeeling for the first time on Thursday. The GJM is holding black flag demonstration in the Hills for the past few days and had also shown black flags to the chief minister at Mirik. The party has also decided to hold a dharna near the Darjeeling Raj Bhavan to force the state cabinet to announce officially that learning Bengali in schools was not compulsory. The chief minister had already announced that learning Bengali in schools was not compulsory, but the GJM has been holding agitation over the issue.
Interestingly, the GJM leader Giri also met Bengal BJP state president Dilip Ghosh here on Wednesday and talked about current political situation in the Hills. When asked to comment on his meeting with Giri, Ghosh said that GJM leaders met me for the first time and expressed their displeasure over the way of functioning of Mamata Banerjee and her government. "GJM leaders told me that they were planning to quit the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) and had been preparing for a renewed agitation for Gorkhaland," Ghosh informed. He also claimed that the BJP did not comment anything about the proposed agitation by the GJM for Gorkhaland as the party had nothing to do with the GHM's demand and it was the Union government which was authorised to decide on the issue.
Meanwhile, Giri told reporters on Wednesday that they have decided to intensify their stir for a separate Gorkha state, but refused to divulge much about their proposed agitation.
Giri also refused to attach any importance to the chief minister Mamata Banerjee's decision to hold a special audit into alleged defalcation of funds provided to the GTA by the state government. "We are not afraid about the special audit. Let her do it and we will continue with our agitation for betterment of Darjeeling," Giri told reporters when asked to comment about the special audit.
Tamal Sengupta, ET Bureau