GJMM, JMM leaders decide to include Dooars in Gorkhaland stir

The statesman

SILIGURI, 2 APRIL: Leaders of the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha met today in Ranchi over seat-sharing in the Dooars for the upcoming rural polls.

A resolution was adopted unanimously on the matter. The JMM leaders are supposed to have given ideological support to the GJMM proposition that the Dooars should be included in Gorkhaland that the party is struggling for. The two parties have also committed themselves to continue with the alliance for the next Lok Sabha elections in the Adivasi and Gorkha-dominated areas in the Terai and the Dooars.

On the GJMM side, party general secretary Roshan Giri and Darjeeling MLA Trilok Dewan were present while the ABAVP splinter faction, now part of the JMM, was represented by Mr John Barla, Mr Sukra Munda and Mr Raju Bora. They met the JMM chief, Mr Shibu Soren, former deputy chief minister Hemanta Soren and some other senior leaders like Mr Supriya Bhattacharya.

Mr Giri said over phone after the meeting was over: “It was decided at the meeting that the important JMM leaders, including Mr Shibu Soren, will extensively campaign in the Dooars for the upcoming rural polls. The alliance would continue during the next Parliamentary and Assembly elections.”  On the other hand, Mr Supriya Bhattacharya, a senior JMM central committee member, said: “My party would extend support to the GJMM on the issue of a separate state comprising the Hills and Terai-Dooars region. We are convinced that a separate state comprising these areas alone can address the identity and development problems. Both the Gorkha and the Adivasi people would be benefitted if such a state comes up,” he said.

However, Mr Giri declined to go into details about the matter. “We would make public our stance in the party manifesto,” he said.

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