Morcha team to meet President, Congress leaders in capital

The Bengsl Post

Darjeeling- A three-member team of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), led by its chief Bimal Gurung, will leave for Delhi on Monday where they are scheduled to meet President Pranab Mukherjee and senior Congress leaders.
“A delegation led by Bimal will leave for Delhi on Monday. The delegation comprises Darjeeling MLA Trilok Dewan and me,” said GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.
Though the Morcha has not yet made it clear as to whom they would be meeting, sources said that the delegation would meet the President on March 6.
They are also expected to meet railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Union minister of state for urban development Deepa Das Munshi on March 9, sources said.  It may be mentioned here that a dharna is on near Jantar Mantar that began January-end, demanding Gorkhaland.
Speculation is rife that Gurung is trying to meet Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and home minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
It may be mentioned here that on February 24, the Morcha had sent another delegation to Delhi which included leaders like Darjeeling Municipality chairman Amar Rai and Kalimpong MLA H B Chhetri.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha  had then said that the delegation was sent to garner support of the senior leaders for Gorkhaland.
Political pundits, however, feel that the team was sent to observe the developments regarding the creation of Telangana and report it to the Morcha chief.
The announcement of further programmes over the Gorkhaland demand would be made at a meeting in Sukna on March 31. It seems that that before taking any further step, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha  is trying to strengthen its relationship with the Congress at a time when its relations have soured with the Bengal government.

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