New Delhi: As the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM)
sponsored indefinite bandh in Darjeeling continued, the Centre
on Saturday preponed to August 11 the tripartite talks involving the
West Bengal government and the GJM to be held in Delhi.
"This has been done as a goodwill gesture to GJM. This is
the earliest possible date for holding the tripartite talks
after the current Parliament session ends," a Home Ministry
The Centre had earlier proposed to hold the talks on
August 24 but the GJM wanted it to be preponed.
Normal life continued to be affected for the sixth day in
all three sub-divisions of Darjeeling district owing to the
indefinite bandh called by the GJM to press for their demands,
including creation of a separate state for Gorkhas.
Besides a separate statehood, the GJM is also pressing
for immediate transfer of Inspector-General of Police (north
Bengal) K L Tamta, additional superintendent of police
(headquarters) A Chaturvedi and SDPO of Kurseong Partho Pal,
whom it accused of playing into the hands of the CPI(M) and
showing vindictive attitude against the GJM supporters.
The last tripartite meeting between the three sides took
place on December 29 last year where it was decided to take
forward the talks after the Lok Sabha polls.