Darjeeling: Several parties led by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) yesterday formed a Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee (GJAC) and called for a five-day agitation starting August 19 during which it asked people to stay indoors, a GJM leader said here.
The GJM and other parties, which are fighting for a separate Gorkhaland state, called for the five-day “Ghar Bhitra Janta” (people inside homes) agitation in support of their demand.
“We have decided to form the GJAC to step up the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland. We have also chalked out plans for a week-long agitation and have requested people not to venture outdoors (August 19-23),” GJM leader and JCAC Chairman Enos Das Pradhan said.
Besides the GJM, the Communist Party of Revolutionary (Marxist), the All India Gorkha League, Hill BJP and the Congress were among the parties which attended parleys at the Darjeeling Gymkhana Club.
The meeting chalked out agitation programmes from August 19 to 26. “There will be Raksha Bandhan processions on August 24 and 25,” said Pradhan.
On August 26, a human chain would be formed in the afternoon. “People will come out wearing black bands with posters demanding Gorkhaland and condemning the attitude of the state government hanging from their neck,” said Pradhan.