Darjeeling: Amidst signs of normality
returning to the Darjeeling hills which saw an outburst of
anger following Gorkha leader Madan Tamang`s killing, central
interlocutor for tripartite talks Vijay Madan met GJM chief
Madan met Gurung last night at the GJM`s office at
Patlabas here to take forward the process for the next round
of tripartite talks, which had at one stage looked uncertain
after All India Gorkha League chief Madan Tamang`s brutal
killing last Friday.
According to GJM sources, Gurung in the meeting expressed
keenness to attend the political-level talks which was
originally scheduled for the last week of May.
The talks had hit a roadblock after Gurung, who is making
all-out efforts to reclaim his sway over the hills after
suffering a setback in the wake of Tamang`s broad daylight
murder, insisted on inclusion of Terai and Dooars region in
the proposed interim set-up.
Meanwhile, the GNLF-supported MLA from Singhmari, Pranab
Rai, today threatened to resign after accusing the West Bengal
government of not providing enough security to Madan Tamang.
Rai alleged that lack of adequate security was the reason
that Tamang`s killers got access to him at the meeting venue
near the Planter`s Club on Friday.
GJM sources said the state government had not yet given
permission for next Sunday`s proposed rally in Darjeeling
where MP Jaswant Singh is likley to be present.