Tripartite meeting on Gorkhaland on July 24

Government has convened a tripartite meeting on Gorkhaland issue on July 24.

New Delhi: Government has convened a
tripartite meeting on Gorkhaland issue on July 24.

Representatives of Central and West Bengal governments
and Gorkha Janmukti Morch (GJM) will participate in the
meeting to carry forward the dialogue process on the issue of
a separate state.

Sources said the issue of setting up an interim
authority in Darjeeling for Gorkhas and its territorial
jurisdiction is likely to come up for discussion.

Killing of rival Gorkha leader Madan Tamang, in which
several GJM leaders were accused, may figure in the

Sources said as the Darjeeling hill council already
enjoys Sixth Schedule status, proposal for anything more has
to come from the West Bengal government.

However, it was not clear whether the Left Front
government is keen to take such a political decision before
the next year`s assembly elections in the state.

Sources said both the Centre and the state governments
were for limiting the proposed Darjeeling Regional Authority
-- to just the hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and

GJM, ever since its inception in 2007, has been
demanding for a separate Gorkhaland state.

West Bengal Urban Development Minister and Siliguri
MLA Asok Bhattacharya had already said that the state
government was against any further division of the state but
it had no difference of opinion with the Centre over
development of Darjeeling hills and making the hill council
more powerful.


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