Gorkhaland

  • BJP has not fully accepted Gorkhaland demand: Jaswant Singh May 5, 2014

    Darjeeling: Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who won Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat on the party ticket in 2009, has claimed that the saffron party has not fully accepted the demand for Gorkhaland. "It is sad BJP has not fully accepted the statehood demand of the Darjeeling hills. The party is...
  • Gorkhaland will not be an issue this election: Baichung Bhutia April 17, 2014

    Trinamool Congress candidate Baichung Bhutia who is making a political debut this Lok Sabha elections say Gorkhaland will not be an issue in his constituency Darjeeling. ...
  • Your dream is our dream, Narendra Modi tells Gorkhas April 10, 2014

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday shied away from mentioning "Gorkhaland", a separate state being demanded in northern West Bengal, but said his party shared the "dreams" of the Gorkhas and attacked the union government for not honouring the community. "I tell my Gorkha brothers, your dream is our...
  • Satpal Maharaj says he played key role in Uttarakhand formation March 27, 2014

    Pauri MP Satpal Maharaj, who recently defected to BJP, on Wednesday claimed that he had played a vital role in the formation of Uttarakhand. On his first visit to BJP headquarters in Dehradun after joining the party in Delhi earlier this month, he said he as an MP and a Union...
  • In favour of Gorkhaland: BJP March 19, 2014

    BJP vice president and nominee for the Darjeeling LS seat, S S Ahluwalia on Wednesday voiced support to the formation of a separate state of Gorkhaland. "The BJP has always supported creation of smaller states as Jharkhand and Chattisgarh and was in favour of Telangana and so Gorkhaland should also be...
  • WB: Mamata arrives in Kurseong, calls for peace and development October 23, 2013

    Back in Darjeeling where calm has returned after prolonged turbulence of Gorkhaland agitation, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday made an impassioned appeal for peace to ensure speedy development in the region. "I am sorry for disruption in the development process in the Darjeeling hills, but my government is...
  • Gorkhaland: GJM to go for 'intense' agitation from October 20 September 18, 2013

    Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, spearheading an agitation for a separate state in the Darjeeling hills, on Tuesday said it would go in for an 'intense' agitation from October 20, asking people to be ready for it. GJM president Bimal Gurung told the media in Darjeeling that the Centre and the West...
  • GJM suspends Gorkhaland stir September 10, 2013

    Darjeeling: The GJM-led Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) on Tuesday announced its decision to put on hold its separatist movement in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills till Oct 20. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung said the agitation was suspended to facilitate tripartite talks on the Gorkhaland issue assured by central government. ...
  • Demand for new states not to be considered now, says Shinde September 7, 2013

    Demands for creation of new states cannot be "considered immediately", Union Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde on Saturday said in response to a question on the status of such proposals in the wake of the Telangana decision. "Many states are requesting separation, in Maharashtra there is (the demand for) Vidarbha, in...
  • GJM says tripartite talks soon, Mamata rules out Bengal division September 3, 2013

    Darjeeling: A pro-Gorkhalnd body on Tuesday claimed the central government will soon convene tripartite talks to resolve the impasse over the demand for a new state in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills and hinted it would consider withdrawing the ongoing agitation. On a visit to the hills, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, ruled...
  • Centre to convene tripartite talks on Gorkhaland issue September 3, 2013

    The Centre on Tuesday promised to convene a tripartite meeting soon involving West Bengal government and Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) to discuss the demand for Gorkhaland after which the agitators hinted at suspending their indefinite strike in Darjeeling. Home Minister Sushil kumar Shinde conveyed to a delegation of Gorkha leaders...
  • Mamata asks Darjeeling to open doors to development, accuses GJM for hindrance September 2, 2013

    Darjeeling: Accusing the Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha (GJM) of hindering development, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday appealed to the people of Darjeeling hills to shun shutdowns and open their doors to development. "We want peace in Darjeeling, we want its children to get an education and the poor to get...
  • Indefinite shut down again in Darjeeling after a day's respite September 2, 2013

    Darjeeling: After a day's respite for the people to stock up food items, the GJM's indefinite shut down in the Darjeeling hills was back again on Sunday. Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has announced a day's respite on Saturday in their indefinite stir to demand a separate state of Gorkhaland. A team of GJM...
  • Congress, BJP politicising Gorkhaland issue: Mamata Banerjee August 29, 2013

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of creating unrest in Darjeeling for electoral gains. "This is a deliberate strategy to create unrest in the hills through politics. It has become a trend for the Congress and BJP to politicise the...
  • People have lost faith in GJM chief Bimal Gurung: Trinamool August 26, 2013

    Even as life continued to be paralysed in West Bengal's Darjeeling hills following an intensified separatist movement by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the state's ruling Trinamool Congress on Sunday claimed that people have lost faith in the Gorkha leadership. "I feel people have lost faith in Bimal Gurung," Trinamool Congress...
  • GJM says agitation not a bandh, MLAs not to attend Assembly August 23, 2013

    Darjeeling: The indefinite agitation by GJM in Darjeeling demanding Gorkhaland continued for the third day on Friday even as the party claimed it should not be construed as a bandh but an expression of free will. It also announced its three MLAs will boycott the West Bengal Assembly in protest against...
  • GJM calls 48hour shut down in Darjeeling to condemn arrest of its leaders August 22, 2013

    The GJM, demanding a Gorkhaland state, on Thursday called a fresh 48hour shut down in Darjeeling from August 24 after the arrest of two of its top leaders, even though the Calcutta High Court has expressed displeasure at violation of its order holding such bandhs illegal. "The Hills will be closed...
  • Schools, colleges in Darjeeling may reopen from September 1: GJM leader August 22, 2013

    All schools and colleges in the Darjeeling hills would be exempted from the purview of the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state and reopen from September 1, a top Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader on Thursday said. The decision to keep the educational institutions, which were closed since July 29, out of...
  • Top GJM leaders arrested, normal life hit in Darjeeling August 22, 2013

    Two top GJM leaders, including an executive member of Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), were arrested in Darjeeling on Wednesday in connection with old cases of arson pending against them, the police said. Benoy Tamang, assistant secretary of GJM and an executive member incharge of Information and Culture Department of GTA, was...
  • Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee calls for street protests August 20, 2013

    Darjeeling: Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee has called for street protests from Tuesday. The protests are expected to go on till Friday. So far, the police have rounded up over 450 Morcha supporters. GJAC had recently announced a fiveday 'Ghar Bhitra Janta (people inside homes)' agitation from Aug 19...
  • Darjeeling wears deserted look, security forces patrol streets August 19, 2013

    The Queen of the Hills wore a deserted look on Monday with residents staying indoors as part of an agitation called by the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee to demand formation of a Gorkhaland state. CRPF, police and RPF jawans patrolled the streets and the railway station premises. The people stayed indoors...
  • Gorkhaland agitation to resume with 'people inside homes' protest August 19, 2013

    Darjeeling: After the decision on Telangana, there have been demands for the formation of smaller states and the agitation for Gorkhaland is set to resume from Monday. The Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) along with others are expected to go on a day long "ghar bitrai janta" (people inside homes)...
  • GJAC asks people to hit the streets, threatens economic blockade August 19, 2013

    Darjeeling: In a change of strategy, the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) on Sunday urged people in Darjeeling hills to hit the streets for four days beginning Tuesday, threatened an economic blockade and said it would petition Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders to realise its demand. Two days after...
  • Gorkhaland protest: GJM asks people to remain indoors for next week August 17, 2013

    Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha has set up a Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee to continue its stir for formation of Gorkhaland. The committee has asked people to remain indoors the whole of next week as the Calcutta High Court had recently termed 'People's Curfew' an illegal act. Spokesman of the newlyformed...
  • Commeettee calls fiveday fresh agitation from Aug 19 August 16, 2013

    A new committee formed in Darjeeling, on Friday, called for a fresh fiveday agitation from August 19 changing the nomenclature of 'janata curfew' to 'ghar bitrai janta' (people inside homes) on their demand for a separate Gorkhaland. North Bengal Development minister Gautam Deb, however, said that there was no difference between...
  • Gorkhaland: GJM to continue agitation, asks people to remain indoor from Aug 19 August 16, 2013

    Darjeeling: The allparty meet convened by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Darjeeling has finished. The committee announced a fresh five day agitation programme from August 19 changing the nomenclature of the 'janata curfew' to 'ghar bitrai janta' (people inside homes) on their demand for a separate Gorkhaland. "The people...
  • If Gurung wants to talk to me, will talk: WB Governor August 15, 2013

    Barrackpore: Hoping that the situation in Darjeeling hills would normalise and a solution could be found through dialogue, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan on Thursday said that if Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung wanted to talk to him then he was ready for it. "I hope that peace...
  • WB: GJM bandh enters 11th day, 200 protestors arrested so far August 13, 2013

    Darjeeling:The bandh called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha entered its 11th day on Tuesday. Close to 200 GJM protestors have been arrested, increasing tensions in Darjeeling. The GJM has been protesting since August 3 for granting a statehood to Gorkhaland. Even as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given an ultimatum, the cracks...
  • Gorkhaland demand: GJM relaxes Darjeeling bandh for 4 days from August 15 August 12, 2013

    Darjeeling: With the 72hour deadline set by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to withdraw the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling to demand Gorkhaland, expiring, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Monday said the shutdown would not be enforced forcibly and announced a fourday relaxation from August 15. However, it said a 'janata...
  • Gorkhaland demand: Protests continue despite Mamata's ultimatum August 12, 2013

    Darjeeling: As a fallout of the Telangana decision by the Congress, demands for separate statehood are intensifying in other parts of the country as well. Protests in West Bengal continue for a separate state of Gorkhaland in spite of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's call for a 72hour deadline and warnings...