Speaking to the people gathered in the meet from different walks of life, Joel Rai pointed out the need to create an all India movement of Gorkhas rather than one that is Darjeeling-centric. He also asserted that people are crying out for change as the current leadership has not been able to deliver on people’s aspirations.
Munish Tamang pointed out that the Neta-Janta model has not proved to be successful as there is a serious disconnect between the peoples’ voice and its representation by the leaders. Leaders have been unable to truly represent peoples’ voice and therefore the need to create a leadership that is Janta based and is led by common people. Tamang said that the need of the hour is to organise the voice of the silent majority and create a leadership that is clean, credible, and sincere. Gorkhaland leaders have been compromising on other administrative arrangements, which is not what the people of Darjeeling aspire for.
Sankalp Lama also spoke about the leadership that has failed its people time and again and pledged to work among all sections, especially the educated youth, in creating an environment, where the leaders are answerable. Supreet Pradhan also spoke at length about the largely untapped Gorkha strength in Delhi and the need to evolve effective strategies to strengthen the community and the organisation in Delhi.
As about the new Chief of GTA, Jan Awaaz passed a resolution stating that it had no comment to make as there is no interest in the GTA. However, it urged the political leadership and the Sabhasads to prove their sincerity by convening a meeting and passing a resolution for the creation of Gorkhaland and the dissolution of GTA.
The meeting also took note of the molestation reports of a school girl in Darjeeling and condemned the incident. Jan Awaaz also demanded strict action to be taken by the administration in punishing the guilty. The group also condemned the reported police action on students who were protesting the incident.