Centre has not rejected demand for tripartite talks: GJM

KOLKATA: The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Wednesday claimed that the Centre has not rejected its demand for tripartite talks on Gorkhaland and has been asked to approach the West Bengal government for a three-way discussion. “During a meeting between a GJM delegation and Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil in Delhi yesterday we were told that if we want a tripartite meeting, the state government can facilitate it and we must approach it,” GJM Central Committee member and its legal advisor Anmole Prasad said. Stating that the GJM would reiterate its demand for Gorkhaland during the June 27 talks with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Prasad said, “We will ask him to take steps to facilitate a tripartite meeting.” Commenting on reports appearing in the press, Prasad, who is a member of the four-member GJM delegation that arrived on Tuesday for talks with the state government said, “These are distorted versions. Unless a tripartite meeting is held how it can be said that Centre has rejected our demand for Gorkhaland?” Speaking about the relaxation till July 5 of the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling, he said it had been done to create a conducive climate for dialogue. “We want that there should be building of bridges for examining the demand for Gorkhaland,” he said. On the problems being faced by Sikkim due to the blockades on National Highway 31-A because of its bandh, he said though the GJM did not want Sikkim to suffer, this was happening because of the geographical position of the Himalayan state. (TOI)

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