Gurung on hunt for backers

Siliguri, May 8: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha wants neighbouring Sikkim and Gorkhas across the country to back its demand for a separate state. Not only that, it is time the celebrities whom the Morcha had once cheered, reciprocated, party chief Bimal Gurung said.
“I will write to Pawan Chamling, the chief minister of Sikkim, who is also the president of the Sikkim Democratic Front, to support us,” said Gurung.
This is the first time since its formation that Gurung is going public about seeking Chamling’s support. This afternoon, while addressing journalists at Pintail Village, 4km from here, he said: “Through a letter to Chamling, we will appeal to all residents of Sikkim to extend their support to our cause,” Gurung said.
The Morcha leader will also appeal to Gorkhas living across the country to support him. “I will also approach celebrities like soccer star Bhaichung Bhutia and Indian Idol 3 Prasant Tamang. When they score a goal or win a competition, we celebrate. Now it is their turn to reciprocate,” he said.
The party will also ask all police personnel from the community to support the demand for a separate state.
Twenty-four hours after the Morcha meeting at Indira Gandhi Maidan where the CPM and its minister Asok Bahttacharya were verbally bashed up for more than 20 minutes, Gurung today came down upon them once more. Bhattacharya and his team have described the Morcha demand as ugro jatiyatabad (ultra nationalism) and accused them of not allowing other parties to hold political programmes in the hills.
“If they (CPM leaders) have the courage, let them come (to the hills) and hold programmes like the one we did here yesterday. It was peaceful and democratic,” said Gurung.
“If KLO, Bodoland Tiger Force and Bhutan Communist Party were present at the meeting, then what were the police doing?” the Morcha leader said in response to the minister’s charges that members of extremist groups were present at the meeting yesterday.
Roshan Giri, the general secretary of the Morcha, said: “After seeing the success of our meeting in Siliguri, the minister has lost his senses.”
(The Telegraph)

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