GJM is holding rallies and shut down in Darjeeling, though no violence has been reported but to take precautions seven CRPF companies are deployed in Darjeeling, of which three are made up of women.
To restore the political situation in the hills, Mamata Banerjee has taken few steps, which is putting pressure on GJM. Mamata is trying to handle the Gorkha land agitation boldly by mounting pressure on the GJM as, all the opposition parties of the region are supporting Mamata Banerjee and are against the demand of a separate state.
GJM leader Roshan Giri had met the governor and complained about the chief minister and her party for creating troubles in the Hills on 7 June. The chief minister also met governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Wednesday and reportedly briefed him about the current unrest in the Hills.
Though all the parties believe that the CM is responsible for the all the unrest caused in the hills, they are still supporting her against the GJM. BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the protest arose because Banerjee has been using her police and administration to terrorise her opponents in Darjeeling. Bengal Congress president and party MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said they would hold a rally in Siliguri on June 17 to oppose GJM’s demand for a separate state as well as to condemn Mamata Banerjee’s act of terrorising opposition parties by using the police and administration.
To build the pressure on GJM, Mamata’s government on Wednesday appointed C Murugan, a senior IAS officer, as the new secretary of the GJM-run Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA). She also ordered special audit of the funds allocated to the GTA by her government during the past five years. Also, the state government has decided to hold special audit of three municipalities of Kalimpong, Kurseong and Darjeeling which are being run by the GJM.
Responding to this, a senior GJM leader said on Wednesday that they would not withdraw the current agitation at any cost and were ready to face more drastic action from the state administration.