Darjeeling, April 24: Thousands of CPRM members are expected to converge on Kalimpong, the hometown of Chattrey Subba, on May 1 to demand a speedy trial of the former self-styled commander of Gorkha Liberation Organisation.
With the CPRM planning to bring 10,000 to 15,000 members for the two-day programme, the rally is expected to be one of the biggest political gatherings ever held in the subdivision headquarters.
Subba has been behind bars for the past five years on charges of masterminding an attack on GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh on February 10, 2001. Once a lieutenant of Ghisingh, Subba had created an image of a leader who would accept nothing short of a separate state of Gorkhaland.
The Gorkhaland stand is also expected to be a major issue that the CPRM plans to discuss at the two-day political meet. “On May Day, we will take out a rally and after that hold a public meeting till 3 pm. The public gathering at Mela Ground will be followed by an indoor meeting, which will be convened at Town Hall,” said R.B. Rai, general secretary, CPRM. “The discussion will continue the next day.”
Sources said the party is expected to pass a resolution on the following issues at the indoor meeting:
• Movement to release political prisoners (Approach Amnesty International for Subba’s speedy trial)
• Separate state for Indian Gorkhas
• Granting pattas to tea garden and cinchona workers
• Discuss the issue of introducing democracy in Nepal and Bhutan.
The members will also chalk out plans to strengthen the organisation’s base in Kalimpong. “Our support base in Kalimpong has expanded over the past two years. We will look into how to make it stronger,” said Rai.
According to the CPRM leaders, Kalimpong witnesses much less political activities than Darjeeling, which has a strong presence of trade unions. “Since there are no tea gardens in Kalimpong, political activities are not so strong in the area,” said Rai.