Gurung seeks N-E help for Gorkhaland stir

GUWAHATI: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung has asked Nepali organizations in the North-East to extend support to the Gorkhaland

stir.

On Thursday, the GJM convened a meeting of representatives of Gorkha organizations here seeking their co-operation.

While addressing the gathering, Gurung said, “There are about 1.20 crore Gorkhas living in the country, including northeastern states. But they are facing an identity crisis. Although we are carrying out a movement in Darjeeling, we need support from people of our community living outside.”

About 15 Gorkha organizations and student bodies from seven northeastern states took part in the meeting held in the ITA complex at Machkhowa here. Many intellectuals and scholars of the community from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh attended the convention.

“The demand for Gorkhaland is 102-years-old and is aimed at fulfilling the aspirations of the community. Hence, we are seeking support from Gorkhas organizations representing them in the North-East,” said a GJM leader. He denied any political purpose of the meeting ahead of elections.

Some of the leaders and Gorkha student bodies, who attended the meeting, said they would extend moral support to the movement but would not support the GJM in violent protests.

The GJM leader added that they would convene another meeting of social and cultural organizations representing the Gorkhas in the North-East after the Lok Sabha elections.

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