What’s important is that the strike has been called off.
What’s interesting is how the different media sources all cite different reasons for GJM calling off the strike…
GJM’s spokesman professor Rohit Sharma said Tuesday that the party leadership has suspended its bandh for an indefinite period to allow over 10,000 candidates to sit for the secondary examinations beginning Wednesday.
Prof Sharma said the party would not sponsor any bandh for now as March and April are the months of exams from secondary to under graduate level under various boards.
“Our decision to call off the bandh is in keeping with the assurance given by us recently to a team of observers from the Election Commission that we, as the largest party in the hills, will ensure normality in the region in the run-up to the coming Assembly polls in the State,” senior GJM leader and member of the party’s central committee Harka Bahadur Chettri told The Hindu over telephone from Kalimpong sub-division.
According to GJM publicity department secretary Harka Bahadur Chhetri, the general strike was postponed due to the Tibetan festival of Lhosar.
Responding to the appeal of the Election Commission and in view of the board examinations beginning in West Bengal from tomorrow, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) called off its indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills today after nearly a fortnight.
Raju Pradhan, the Morcha assistant general secretary who attended the party’s central committee meeting at Kumani, said: “The strike has been suspended… mainly for two reasons: the board exams that are about to start and the general inconvenience it was causing the people.”
Sources, however, said the real reason for the strike withdrawal was the adverse impact it was having on the Morcha’s image. The shutdown, among the many in four years, has caused a lot of hardship to the people.