GJM threatens fresh stir in Darjeeling hills

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 16:39

Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has
given an ultimatum to the Centre saying it would revive its
statehood agitation if the Gorkhaland Territorial
Administration Bill is not signed by March 27.

"We will burn copies of the tripartite agreement between
the GJM, state government and the Centre if the Gorkhaland
Territorial Administration is no implemented by March 27,"
Harka Bhadur Chetri, a leader of the hill-based party, told
reporters here.

Chetri, who was part of a delegation that visited Union
Home Minister P Chidambaram yesterday, said the minister had
assured them that the formalities for the Bill were in
process.

The GJM leaders will meet West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling this evening to demand early
implementation of the GTA, he said.

Earlier on February 11, the Chief Minister on a visit
to Darjeeling had blamed the Centre for the delay in
implementation of the GTA and said that New Delhi had sought
certain clarifications which had also been sent.

She subsequently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in
Delhi on February 22.

Banerjee said that she had raised the GTA Bill with
the Prime Minister and received an assurance from him on the
issue.

The GTA Bill was passed in the West Bengal Assembly on
September two last year.

The tripartite agreement was signed on July 18 last
year in the presence of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram,
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and GJM chief Bimal Gurung at
Pintail village, about 8 km from Siliguri.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 16:39

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