Separation from Bengal is my ultimate goal: Gurung

Darjeeling, Aug 28 : Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung on Wednesday said that separation from West Bengal and formation of a Gorkhaland state was his ultimate goal.

Earlier in the day, the GJM's central committee meeting favoured continuation of the current phase of agitation, which kicked off on July 29 after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government's decision to concede creation of Telangana state by dividing Andhra Pradesh.

Gurung said, "Gorkhaland and Bimal Gurung is synonymous."

He said,"The day I leave Gorkhaland, it would mean my life would end."

"Separation from Bengal is my ultimate goal," Gurung said.

Meqnwhile, the GJMs central committee meeting decided to continue to spearhead the statehood agitation as the current phase of protest completed 30th day since unrest began on July 29.

After the meeting, GJM's senior leader Harka Bahadur Chettri told reporters that most of the attended members were in favour of carrying on agitation but a final call will be taken after an all-party meeting which will be held on Aug 30.

The GJM central committee meeting was convened to assess the situation since the current phase of agitation began on July 29 after UPA government favoured the creation of Telangana.

Chettri said the action program for next political move will be taken at the Gorkhaland Joiint Action Committee (GJAC) meeting where all political parties representatives will sit together on Friday.

Meanwhile, North Bengal Development minister Gautam Deb criticised the GJM's latest move of sending young students in the forefront of the agitation.

He said no sensible people would approve the move which would harm the students of their academic year.

--IBNS (Posted on 28-08-2013)

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