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GJM top leadership not to attend tomorrow`s tripartite talks

Last Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 17:21

Siliguri: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), spearheading the agitation for a separate statehood, on Monday said its top leadership will not participate in the third round of tripartite talks being held in New Delhi on Monday.

GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri told a news agency that he and
party President Bimal Gurung would not attend the talks
involving the Centre and the West Bengal government as the
parleys are being held at an "administrative level and not at
a political level as demanded by the outfit".

"Any decision on statehood could be taken only at the
political level," he said.

A 12-member GJM delegation led by coordinator Amar Lama
has already reached Delhi and is carrying "relevant papers" to
establish the demand for `Gorkhaland` as per provisions of the
Constitution, Giri said.

Meanwhile, two organisations, Amra Bangali and Adivasi
Vikash Parishad, have given calls for a 12-hour shutdown
tomorrow in Siliguri and adjoining areas and Dooars region of
neighbouring Jalpaiguri district.

Municipal Affairs Minister Asoke Bhattacharya asked the
two organisations to ensure that normal life is not affected
and hoped that tomorrow`s tripartite meeting will be able to
find a solution "without taking any step to divide the state".

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 10, 2009 - 17:21

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