11-member GJM team to participate in tripartite talks
An 11-member Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) delegation, led by its general secretary Roshan Giri, left for Delhi today to participate in the sixth round of political level tripartite talks on the Darjeeling issue.
Siliguri: An 11-member Gorkha Janamukti
Morcha (GJM) delegation, led by its general secretary Roshan
Giri, left for Delhi today to participate in the sixth round
of political level tripartite talks on the Darjeeling issue.
Talking to reporters at Bagdogra airport, Giri said he
was hopeful about the July 24 talks and something "positive
might come out in the discussions".
GJM press and publicity chief Harkabahadur Chhetri
said the invitation for the talks was itself a victory for GJM
as the state government had opposed the parleys vehemently.
The issue of setting up of an interim authority in
Darjeeling for the Gorkhas and its territorial jurisdiction is
likely to come up for discussion at the talks, to be attended
by representatives of the Centre and the GJM and West Bengal
Home Secretary, official sources said.
With the demand for sixth round of tripartite talks
having been met, the proposed 24-hour bandh on July 25,
72-hour bandh from July 28 and 40-day shutdown from August 5
in the hills have been postponed, GJM assistant general
secretary Benoy Tamang said.
Since its inception in 2007, GJM has been demanding a
separate Gorkhaland state, to which it has added the demand
for the Siliguri subdivision of Darjeeling district in the
plains and contiguous areas in neighbouring Jalpaiguri
Meanwhile, opposing the talks, Bangla-o-Bangal Bhasa
Bachaon Samiti has called a dawn-to-dusk bandh in Siliguri
tomorrow, its president Mukunda Majumder said.