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GJYM holds rally, meeting on statehood demand in Kurseong

Kurseong : The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha, Kurseong unit, on Sundayorganized a massive rally and public meeting in Kurseong, with the youth leaders emphasising on the formation of Gorkhaland. The GJYM has been in the forefront of the statehood agitation since the advent of the party in the hills, but Sunday’s rally, held soon after the return of a high-level Gorkha Janmukti Morcha from Delhi, has a special significance. A large number of GJYM members and party supporters from in and around Kurseong sub division area participated in the meeting. Besides them, the senior youth leadership and representatives from different places of Darjeeling hills also attended the meeting. Before the meeting, a rally was organized by the GJYM demanding Gorkhaland. They covered the entire town before culmination at Monteviot ground, where the public meeting was held. The GJYM central committee leader 

Prakash Gurung claimed that since the formation of the GJM and its youth wing, they have been keeping the Gorkhaland demand alive across the hills. “We never even thought about dropping the statehood movement, instead we have made major inroads in the last few years,” he added. Gurung further added the party chief Bimal Gurung is completely devoted to fulfil the aspiration and dream of the Gorkha Community residing across the country. He said every party members and supporters should contribute and follow each and every decision made by the party president as loyal soldiers. “Whether it is an issue of peace or an issue of war, we must honour the directive of the party leadership,” Gurung stressed. While urging for peaceful agitation, the GJYM leader asked everyone to understand that there are different modes of agitation and that violence is not the only option. “Therefore, we should never be aggressive, but should let others know the Gorkhas are equally daring not only in the field of war but in intellect as well,” Gurung observed. 

Prakash Gurung further said the party has been conducting minor activities in terms of the statehood movement since the last major agitation in 2013, but the time has come for a major movement and everyone should be ready to participate. “The new movement planned by the GJM focuses on a peaceful impact that will not only make people realise the importance of the demand, but also will feel it,” he added. The GJYM’s senior leader from Kurseong, Suraj Pradhan said the first step towards a powerful agitation is to be disciplined. “If we are not disciplined we will not be able to achieve statehood even after 200 years,” he added. Notably, some senior GJM leadership from the GTA were also present in today’s meeting.

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