Buddha to begin talks with Morcha

Kolkata, May 19 Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has agreed to start a dialogue with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (JNM), which has put forth its demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland carved out from the hill district of Darjeeling.
“The Morcha leaders have written to the chief minister requesting him to spare some time for talks and the CM has agreed to it,” said Ashok Bhattacharya, Minister for Urban Development.
Bhattacharya, who hails from Siliguri in Darjeeling district, added, “We will have to keep in our mind the interests of all sections concerned while talking about it. And we hope this problem will solved amicably very fast.”
This comes after Chief Minister Bhattacharjee had said that he is ready for talks provided that the Morcha come forward with a request for the same.
The ministry, which had earlier discouraged tourists from travelling to Darjeeling in the wake of brewing tension there, has, meanwhile, withdrawn the warning.
Bhattacharya today said the situation in the hill district is conducive for tourism.
“Earlier, the hills were plagued with problems like bandhs, dharnas and different agitations and tourists used to have a harrowing time there. But now the situation has changed for the better and people can visit Darjeeling once again,” the minister said.
He also said that the Morcha had cancelled its programme of gheraoing the Writers’ Buildings and other agitational programmes in Darjeeling. (Expressindia)

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