It is a financial and economic blockade that Bimal Gurung and his teammates in the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) have brought about in the Darjeeling hills through their statehood agitation — a reality that might prove to be the undoing of the party in the days to come.
The Darjeeling bandh entered its 10th day on Monday. And, with every passing day, the locals are getting more and more worried over how they would be able to eke out a living if the bandh continued any longer. Business establishments have been forced to down shutters and worse, banks and ATMs — which virtually make the lifeline for any common family — are also lying mostly closed, leading to money getting choked.
Naturally, many homemakers and bread-earners are in acute distress in this tiny Himalayan town, which basically thrives on tourism business that is now just not there. “I hardly have any cash at home. If some kind of an emergency happens in my family, I do not know how to manage the situation. We are in deep problem,” said Yogendra Prasad Gupta, who runs Gupta Vegetable Store in Darjeeling’s busy Chowk Bazar area.
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