G JM leaders off to Delhi for dharna

Gurung expected to meet Mamata on GTA issues
EOI CORRESPONDENT
Darjeeling
9 Dec 2013

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri today left for Delhi to participate in a three-day political programme in demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland.

The GJM’s central committee members, along with units from various places across the country, plan to stage a dharna at Jantar Mantar on December 13. This is to be followed by a march from Jantar Mantar to Sansad Bhawan the next day and again a rally from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar on December 15.

Before embarking on his journey, Giri said, “I am going to Delhi to attend a three-day programme organised by our party to demand a separate state. Units from other states will also be present at the event. More than 2,000 people from the Darjeeling hills alone will be attending the programme.”

Ahead of the November 20 and 21 bipartite and tripartite meetings in Kolkata, the GJM leadership had assured there would be no bandhs in the hills. It had also committed to focus its energies in the national capital to pursue the statehood demand.

GJM president Bimal Gurung is also expected to attend the programme in Delhi to boost the morale of the participants.

“We cannot say for sure but our party president is expected to attend the programme,” said Giri.

Meanwhile, at an event organised today by the cinchona sector in Jamuney, Gurung hinted of returning to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration as its chief executive.

“The GTA is not functioning properly at the moment and there are lots of issues that need to be addressed. For this we need a stable atmosphere and the council should be properly headed to run it properly,” said the GJM chief.

Gurung also revealed he would be meeting chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on December 20 to discuss issues pertaining to the GTA. The administrative body at present is being run by an interim chief executive after Gurung quit this July to spearhead his party’s latest movement for statehood.

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