The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) along with other hill parties in the state have adopted a unanimous resolution demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland in a meeting attended by the hill parties. The GNLF is an ally of Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) and says that it is rethinking the alliance with the TMC. GNLF has been spearheading the protests against the forced imposition of Bengali language on the hill people of West Bengal. The party has also asked the GJM to quit all government posts ranging from Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, assembly or municipal bodies as well, according to the Indian Express.
GJM General Secretary, Roshan Giri told the Indian Express that, ”All hill parties will collectively fight for Gorkhaland under a collective leadership. We do not want the state government to impose Bengali on us”. Neeraj Zimbo of the GNLF told members of the media that his party is collaborating with its “worst enemy in the Hills” for Gorkhaland.
Zimbo said, ”People want a separate state, we will fight together for Gorkhaland and for this we have joined hands with GJM our worst enemy”.
Zimbo added ”GNLF is an ally of the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government in West Bengal. The party will soon take a decision. We want the West Bengal CM to not oppose our demand for a separate case”.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Chief Bimal Gurung is likely to speak to speak to ex-servicemen on Wednesday. Sources have told the Indian Express that Gurung also spoke to Mohan Ghising of the GNLF. Another meeting which will be attended by all hill parties will be organised on June 20.