‘GJMM to focus on Gorkhaland at Delhi talks’

DARJEELING, September 2 (SNS): All Hill parties unanimously adopted a resolution to press the one-point demand of Gorkhaland with the Centre at the proposed 8 September tripartite talks in New Delhi. “Gorkhaland will be our one-point demand for discussion and any alternatives like development or more power to the DGHC would be totally unacceptable to the all-party delegation that would go to New Delhi,” stated GJMM president Mr Bimal Gurung.
Around 12 parties including the CPRM, AIGL, Gorkha Rashtriya Congress (GRC), BJP, CPI, Congress, Trinamul Congress and other minority communities participated in the meeting, which concluded with the decision to hold another preparatory meeting on 4 September after the final members of the delegation are shortlisted. “One representative from each party will comprise the delegation. The parties will decide shortly and inform us before the meeting on 4 September when we will prepare a memorandum and discuss further details on the Gorkhaland demand,” Gurung informed.
Along with representatives from Dooars and Siliguri, an adivasi representative will also accompany the delegation, he added. Setting aside differences with the GJMM that had cropped up in recent times, the AIGL and CPRM leaderships reiterated their support for Gorkhaland today. “The Hill Congress also fully supports Gorkhaland and we have informed the Pradesh Congress Committee of our decision,” said local Congress leader Nahakul Chettri.
“Democracy is at peril in West Bengal. This is proved by their attempts to suppress the peoples’ aspiration for Gorkhaland. BJP supports the theory of smaller states. Three states were formed during the NDA tenure and we fully support the demand for a separate state,” said BJP leader GS Yonzon. Meanwhile, the Gorkha Rashtriya Congress and Sikkim Rashtriya Congress which support the Darjeeling-Sikkim merger theory, asserted that eventually it is freedom from Bengal’s domination that matters.
Asked if GJMM would retaliate if the tripartite talks proved inconsequential the GJMM chief said. “The GJMM will do nothing to harm the tourist season and we have already declared the programme to wear traditional dresses for a month. This is just the first round of talks to be held at the secretary level where we will apprise the Centre of our demand.”

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