Participation in tripartite talks uncertain: GJM

Last Updated: Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 18:49

Kolkata: Toughening its stance, the Gorkha
Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Saturday said its participation in the
December 21 tripartite talks on separate statehood issue was
"uncertain" and would depend on the outcome of current talks
with the Centre.

"The Morcha has lost faith in tripartite talks. Our
participation in the talks at Darjeeling is very much
uncertain. We will take a decision after we get some feedback
from Delhi on our demand for Gorkhaland on the lines of
Telangana," the outfit`s central committee member Harkabahadur
Chetri told agency over telephone from Kalimpong.
He said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had told a GJM
delegation headed by party general Secretary Roshan Giri in
Delhi yesterday that he understood the aspirations of the
people of Darjeeling.

"If he understands the aspirations of the people he
should understand that it was creation of a separate state,"
Chetri said.

Stating that there has to be a political settlement, he
said the tripartite meeting scheduled on December 21 was at
administrative level.

"An administrative settlement means within West Bengal
which was agreed to by Subhas Ghishing (The Gorkha National
Liberation Front president) in the late eighties."

Stating that the GJM was gearing up for a four-day bandh
in the Hills from December 14, Chetri quoted GJM president
Bimal Gurung as saying that the talks were "useless".
"If we do not get a positive response we will intensify
our agitation. We do not want to live like slaves in West
Bengal," Chetri said.

Meanwhile, GJM general secretary Giri told PTI from Delhi
"Our president and the central committee will decide whether
to participate in the tripartite talks or not."

In Kolkata, West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told
reporters that the tripartite meeting would be held on
December 21 as scheduled.

Asked about state government`s stand on the indefinite
fast by the GJM leaders which entered the second day, he said
that the district magistrate was talking with the protesters.

The last tripartite meeting was held in Delhi on August
11.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 12, 2009 - 18:49

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