GJM happy with 'Gorkhaland' name in council

Kolkata: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Friday expressed happiness that the word 'Gorkhaland' was included in the nomenclature of the new hill council in Darjeeling, but did not specify whether it would continue with its demand for a separate state.

"We are happy with the inclusion of 'Gorkhaland' in the name of the new hill council to be known as Gorkhaland Territorial Administration," GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said over phone from Darjeeling.

Asked whether the GJM would stick to the demand for a separate Gorkhaland, Giri evaded a direct reply saying, "We are happy that the agreement is going to be signed on the council. This much I can tell you."

Welcoming the proposed signing of the tripartite agreement to set up the new council, he said "whatever the disputes there were, have been agreed upon and finalised. We are now getting ready for the meeting on July 18."

On GJM's demand for inclusion of the Gorkha dominated areas of Terai and Dooars in the council, he said a nine- member committee with four each from GJM and the West Bengal government and one from the Centre, would be set up to identify the areas within six months.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung would be one of the members representing the party in the proposed committee, he said.