GJM unwilling to compromise on Siliguri, Dooars
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 20:10
Siliguri: The GJM has made it clear that it was unwilling to compromise on the demand for inclusion of Siliguri and Dooars in the interim setup proposed for the administration of Darjeeling hills.

GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri said over phone today that his party was not ready to exclude Siliguri and Dooars from the proposed jurisdiction of the interim hill council.

The party's leadership had informed this to Vijay Madan, the interlocutor for talks on separate Gorkhaland, he said.

Madan, who held talks with the GJM leadership including its chief Bimal Gurung in Kurseong last night, said as an emissary he would let the Centre know the GJM's standpoint on the issue of territory for the interim setup.

The interlocutor said he was expecting more positive talks at the upcoming tripartite meet in the middle of next month between the GJM, Centre and West Bengal government.

Both West Bengal government and the Centre were sincere for all-round development of Darjeeling hills, he said.

Meanwhile, Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League president Madan Tamang demanded that the GJM leadership, Bimal Gurung in particular, apologise to the hill people for the "interim proposal" as it was against their aspirations.

Gurung had first declared that he would achieve Gorkhaland by March 10 this year.

When the deadline passed, he submitted a "secret proposal" to the Centre to form an interim council in the hills till December 2011 with more power and autonomy.

The jurisdiction of the interim setup would not only include the three hill subdivisions of Darjeeling district -- Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong, but also Siliguri sub division in the plains and adjoining areas in the Dooars and Terai in Jalpaiguri district.

The West Bengal government, which was opposed to the demand for Gorkhaland, has said that more powers and autonomy could be given to a GJM-administered hill council.

No meeting has been fixed so far between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani in Bhutan, says Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.


First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 20:10

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