Darjeeling, Dec. 27: Bimal Gurung today urged the hills to be “ready for one last statehood fight”, the plans for which will be announced on January 6 at Gorkha Stadium in Lebong, 7km from here.
“It might inconvenience people but everyone must be ready for one last battle for Gorkhaland. We will fight it out democratically and we hope the other parties will not let us down,” said Gurung, the president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, at a public meeting at Jorebunglow here today.
The Morcha said it has completed only one of its 14-point agitation programme — the gherao of Lal Kothi, the headquarters of the DGHC, in November — and the rest were going to follow.
The three-month old party, which has been trying to garner support against the Sixth Schedule, showed signs of political maturity and, in order to bargain for Gorkhaland, seemed ready to play on the security concerns of this strategic area. “We are hemmed by international borders and if the Indian and Bengal governments do not secure our future, we might have to look back at history,” said Gurung. Prior to 1835, Darjeeling was a part of Sikkim. In recent times, voices (Gorkha Rashtriya Congress) have been raised for its merger with the hill state.
“If the need arises we will also call upon the Gorkhas who are now part of security forces to help us,” Gurung said.
The leader, however, appeared certain that Gorkhaland was a possibility. “Subash Ghisingh raised the demand but sold it off when he formed the DGHC. We are not going to do that. We have a man with brains behind us and the day Gorkhaland is formed we will publicly acknowledge his support,” said Gurung.
After his return from Delhi, where he had gone to attend a hearing on the Sixth Schedule status bill, the Gorkha leader had announced that Gorkhaland would be formed by March 10, 2010. “I have studied Ghisingh’s kundali along with mine and the Morcha’s. It says Gorkhaland will be formed soon,” he said.
Gurung also accused Ghisingh of adopting a violent policy during the Gorkhaland agitation. “Lots of our CPM brothers were killed and many were martyred. Ghisingh was responsible for this. This must not be repeated again.”