Darjeeling shutdown again after GJM`s call for bandh
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Last Updated: Friday, January 08, 2010, 22:19
Kolkata: An indefinite shutdown called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today resumed in government offices in the Darjeeling hills as its leadership wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and regional parties seeking support on the demand for Gorkhaland.

"The bandh in all central and state government offices is to press for creation of Gorkhaland," GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri told PTI over phone from Darjeeling.

The GJM had earlier suspended an indefinite hunger- strike after conceding to a request by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to create a conducive atmosphere for the fourth tripartite talks at the administrative level which were held on December 21.

The GJM, during the last round of the tripartite talks, had sought the next round of talks at the political level within 45 days.

Giri said letters had been written to Gandhi and 26 national and regional political parties "because the West Bengal government is not going to pass any bill in the state assembly on the matter."

Letters were also sent to BJP president Nitin Gadkari, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat, heads of the CPI, RSP, and Forward Bloc, BSP chief Mayawati, Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee, BJD leader Navin Patnaik and chiefs of various other national and regional parties.


First Published: Friday, January 08, 2010, 22:19

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