GJM announces fresh indefinite strike

Kolkata: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Thursday announced a fresh indefinite strike in government offices in Darjeeling from next week, in an apparent bid to put pressure on the Centre on its demand that the next round of tripartite talks on Gorkhaland be held at political level within 45 days.

"There will be an indefinite strike from December 28 in central and state government as well as offices of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council to press our demand for Gorkhaland," GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told PTI today from Darjeeling.

An indefinite strike in government offices from December 17 called by the Janmukti Karmachari Sangstan had earlier been "suspended" to facilitate the fourth tripartite talks in Darjeeling on the Gorkhaland issue on December 21.

Banks, post offices and LIC would remain outside the purview of the fresh strike call.

The indefinite hunger strike which was relaxed two days ahead of the tripartite talks following an appeal by Union Home minister P Chidamabaram, would also resume from December 26, Giri said.

"It will be a relay hunger-strike which will continue indefinitely."

Tripartite talks on Gorkhaland in Darjeeling on December 21 had failed to reach an agreement with the Centre saying political consensus needed to be created and the GJM demanding political-level dialogue within 45 days.

‘Resolution through talks’

As the GJM today announced a fresh indefinite strike in government offices from December 28 in Darjeeling, Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee expressed hope that Gorkhaland issue would be solved through dialogue.

"In a democracy, there is no way of finding a solution except though dialogue," Mukherjee told reporters this evening, when asked to comment on the Gorkhaland issue.

Stating that a round of tripartite talks had been held this week in Darjeeling, he said, "They have agreed to meet again."