The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has called for the indefinite bandh to be suspended for 12 days till September 12. The reason is that the next round of talks will be held with the West Bengal government on September 12. By suspending the bandh till that meeting, it would provide that much needed relief to people who have been deeply affected by the indefinite bandh. It may be recalled that the indefinite bandh has reached its 78th day today and it has paralyzed normal life in Darjeeling. The indefinite bandh was called to press for the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state. The decision to suspend the bandh for 12 days was announced by GJM convener Binay Tamang. Tamang said that schools, shops, offices and tea gardens will open from tomorrow and transport will also be allowed on roads.
However, there appears to be some rift or miscommunication in the party since GJM general secretary Roshan Giri has issued a contradictory statement. Giri said that the bandh will continue. Giri said that he has already discussed the matter with GJM supremo Bimal Gurung and there is no question of suspending the bandh. It remains to be seen what happens tomorrow, but if the bandh is suspended for 12 days, it would be a great relief for everyone.