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Gurung threatens to quit GTA to relaunch statehood agitation

Posted on Feb 05, 02:54PM | UNI

Darjeeling, Feb 4 : Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supremo Bimal Gurung today threatened to resign from the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and relaunch agitation for statehood of the Gorkhas.

Addressing the GJM's frontal organisation at Gymkhana Hall, the GJM president said, " If the situation warrants, he would quit the post of chief executive and join the agitation for a separate state for the Gorkhas. "

Last Thursday, Mr Gurung threatened a 'violent' movement for creation of a separate Gorkhaland state after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ruled out dividing West Bengal during her visit to this hill station.

Several GJM supporters had raised slogans and disrupted a function addressed by the Chief Minister in the hill station on Wednesday.

Mr Gurung reiterated that the GJM was dedicated to creating of separate state come what may.

He said the plans and programmes would be chalked out during a party's central committee meeting to be convened shortly and then they would go to the people for final agitation for statehood.

Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) is an autonomous body for Darjeeling hills that was formed in 2012 after a tripartite agreement involving the Centre and West Bengal and the GJM.