West Bengal’s hill districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and their contiguous areas is demanded to be divided as a separate state called ‘Gorkhaland’. The proposal was made to the public and it was stressed for constitutional recognition and legislative powers for the quasi-autonomous regional body – the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). It was set up initially as an extension of a design to keep the lid on the revival of the statehood campaign.
The announcement came after a two-day “Chintan Sabha” (brainstorming session) in the leadership of Binay Tamang and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) is the principal political formation in the region that carries the need to safeguard the territorial integrity and identity of the local Gorkha community. It addressed the issues relating to a rallying call for the statehood campaign and which have been lodged in the popular imagination since the mid-1980s.
Tamang is the leader of the GJM after ousting the leader Bimal Gurung from the helm. He was also placed in charge of the GTA’s Board of Administrators (BOA) by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in September 2017. He has admitted many times that the statehood stir was ill-conceived and its timing was not right. The move, instead, for constitutional status to the GTA and vesting the body with law-enactment powers, is being mooted as one based on “practicalities” and ground realities without overtly compromising the statehood demand.
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