In a calculated move to increase the intensity of ‘Gorkhaland’ agitation, Bimal Gurung of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) said on 21st June’08 that he has asked all the vehicles to have GL number plates from 7th July’08, in place of WB number plates of West Bengal, keeping the numbers on the plate same. He also said that no road tax would be paid to the state Government from the same date. He however clarified that GJM would not collect road tax or any other form of tax from vehicles.
As a further measure of non-cooperation with the state, he has already issued directives to stop electricity bill payments. GJM would also start registration of Youths for traffic control in ‘Gorkhaland’ from Sunday.
Taking lesson from backlash in plains, Gurung said that GJM would adopt only non-violence means to achieve ‘Gorkhaland’ dream and there is nothing wrong in it. Life in Darjeeling hills remained paralysed (for the 6th straight day) but peaceful since the imposition of ‘Bandh’ from the evening of 16th June.
To heat up the matter at the National level, Gurung said that a delegation would go to Delhi on 22nd June and would try to meet the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to press for a tripartite meeting on the ‘Gorkhaland’ issue. He also declared that the delegation would meet the leader of opposition and other senior political leaders in Delhi and would try to convince them about their demand of ‘Gorkhaland’.