Darjeeling shutdown again after GJM`s call for bandh

Last Updated: Friday, January 8, 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.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 - 22:19

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