Gorkhas pause dharna in Delhi
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 28, 2011
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) led dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi concluded after 26 days on Friday, March 25, 2011. The dharna was initially conceived to be of 45 days but was pre-concluded in 26 days. The reasons cited for the preponement vary from sudden conclusion of Parliament session to elections in West Bengal. GJM is putting up its candidates in the West Bengal assembly elections due next month. Though, Gorkha Jan Mutkti Nari Morcha president and wife of GJM Supremo Bimal Gurung, Asha Gurung and other Gorkha leader refused to confirm any single reason why the dharna was being preponed. Earlier the Nari Morcha president called for Gorkhas in army and paramilitary forces to support the Gorkha cause.
On being asked about the issues on which GJM will ask for votes from Gorkhas Mrs. Gurung said that people will vote for the GJM for the cause it has always stood for.
“We never had a voice in West Bengal assembly. After this election, we will have our own members in the West Bengal assembly to raise our demand”, said Mrs. Gurung. On the call for Gorkhas in armed forces she said, ‘Whenever India needed to secure its borders, Gorkhas have loyally fought for the country. Still their own sisters and mothers are being shot point blank back home. We are demanding a CBI enquiry into the killings of innocent Gorkhas in Sibchu.”
CBI enquiry into the killings was the major demand for which the dharna was launched. But the demand remained unfulfilled after 26 days of dharna. Mrs. Gurung said that the Central government has assured CBI enquiry into the matter after the Parliament session is over. GJM Delhi leader Manoj Shankar said that the home minister P. Chidambaram, in meeting with the central committee members of the GJM, was sympathetic about the demands put by them. The meeting was attended by GJM national general secretary Roshan Giri and Darjeeling MP and senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh.
In the meantime, fatigue appeared to have set up in the Gorkha camp as the number of dharna supporters plummeted after the successful March 13 march from Raj Ghat to Jantar Mantar. Sources also said of discontent among sections of Gorkha supporters in Delhi. Nonetheless, the GJM leaders said that the dharna will again be launched after the assembly elections are over.