New Delhi:Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders will meet CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat and politburo member Sitaram Yechury next week with their demand for Gorkhaland.
Upset with limited powers bestowed upon the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) by the West Bengal government, the Morcha leaders have decided to approach the Left parties, now in opposition in the state. Significantly, the Left Front government was also opposed to the demand for a separate state.
“It is an attempt on our part to apprise leaders cutting across party lines about our legitimate demand for a Gorkhaland…. We will also try to meet Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury,” said GJM leader Harka Bahadur Chhetri.
With their demand for a separate state, Chhetri has been campaigning in Delhi. GJM president Bimal Gurung will also reach the national capital on Monday.
The GJM leaders will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP president Rajnath Singh, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati and other leaders. They will also submit a booklet to all the leaders, substantiating their demand.
Significantly, GJM’s demand for Gorkhaland was bluntly rejected by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. In fact, immediately after assuming power, her government had set up the GTA for the overall development of the hills.
The Morcha leaders were upset with the way the state government had treated the GTA.
The week-long North Bengal festival has added fuel to the fire. “The GTA should have the authority to organise the recently held North Bengal festival instead of the North Bengal development ministry,” said Chhetri.
The festival was held in 27 places of North Bengal, including the Darjeeling Hills and inaugurated by the CM.