Bimal Gurung resigns from GTA
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM or GJMM) supremo and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) chief executive, Bimal Gurung resigned Tuesday as the chief of GTA to spearhead the statehood demand for the Gurkhas.
The GJM sponsoring the 72-hour general strike since Monday decided to continue the shutdown and asked the tourists to leave Darjeeling by Friday.
After an emergency meeting with party strategists Bimal Gurung quit the GTA and a copy of the resignation was sent to West Bengal governor M K Narayanan at 8 pm.
Citing his reasons to quit the GTA, which was formed two years ago, Gurung said, "The West Bengal government's continuous non-cooperation with the GTA and UPA ministry's apathy towards conceding the Gorkhaland state demand in Darjeeling."
He questioned that since the UPA headed by Congress is deciding to clear the formation of Telangana, why it was not considering the Gorkhas' demand.
GJM said that they would continue the shut down with relaxation for vehicular traffic to dispatch all the tourists from the hills.
All the traffic would ply on Thursday and Friday to dispatch the travelers.
However, all the government offices would remain close for an indefinite period. The GJM would hold another meeting on Wednesday.
(Posted on 30-07-2013)