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Binay faction withdraws Dec 29 strike against CAA, NRC

DARJEELING, December 26: The Binay Tamang faction of Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha has called off its 24-hour strike in the GTA area on December 29 in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), following an appeal by the faction leader Binay Tamang. Instead of the strike, the Yuva Morcha would organize a padyatra from Darjeeling to Kurseong on December 28.

The youth wing had called the strike to protest against CAA and NRC demanding that Gorkhas be declared as Original Inhabitants (OI) before NRC is declared along with the reintroduction of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in the hills which was done away in the year 1990. They are also demanding that those refugees from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan who get citizenship as per CAA should not be put in Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts.
Announcing the strike withdrawal, Yuva Morcha president Amrit Yonzon said, “Our party president had appealed to us to withdraw the strike on December 29 following which we held an emergency meeting of our youth front and decided not to hold the strike. Instead, a padyatra will be held from Darjeeling to Kurseong in protest of the NRC and the CAA on December 28 followed by another padyatra from Kurseong to Siliguri on January 5.”

Morcha leader had appealed to the youth front to withdraw the strike keeping in view Christmas, Losar of Dukpa and Sikkimese community, Satsang of Satpalji Maharaj at Salugarah, New Year’s Eve and inconvenience to the tourists visiting Darjeeling and Sikkim.
“Time and again, my clear stand is not to give trouble to the public. The leaders have come on the streets for the safety and security of the fellow citizens with my commitment and stand being Darjeeling hills should be a strike free zone,” said Tamang in a statement adding that the protest against the NRC and CAA will continue in a very democratic manner.

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