Kalimpong, Jan. 27: The president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Bimal Gurung, is scheduled to address party supporters at a rally at Mela Ground here tomorrow.
This will be Gurung’s second visit to the Kalimpong subdivision after forming the party three months ago. He had made the first trip to address a public rally at the adjoining Motor Stand on October 31 last year.
Unlike last time, when there was not much participation from local people, tomorrow’s meeting could see massive turnout because the Morcha has gained a lot of ground since then. In the last three months, the party has set up units practically in every nook and cranny of the subdivision.
“These days getting people to attend our meetings require very little effort. The mere presence of Bimal is enough to draw crowds,” said Harka Bahadur Chhetri, a member of the Morcha’s central committee.
Chhetri said the meeting has been called as part of the Morcha’s continuing effort to create public opinion against the granting of Sixth Schedule status to the hills.
“If the people take a stand against accepting the Sixth Schedule, no government can ignore their will,” said Chhetri.
Gurung and other top Morcha leaders addressed a public meeting in Mungpoo in the Kurseong subdivision today.
“We are educating the people on the submission we made before the parliamentary standing committee (which has been given the task of examining the Sixth Schedule bill) and the response we got from it,” said Chhetri.