GJMM U-turn after ‘positive’ meeting with CM in Darjeeling
Darjeeling, 25 October
The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha today took a 180 degree turn and declared after a "positive" meeting with chief minister Mamata Banerjee that from now, on it would eschew the path of bandhs as a means to realise its demands.
“Bandh will be bandh now,” said Mr Harka Bahadur Chetri, GJMM’s Kalimpong MLA to sum up what transpired at the meeting a seven-member GJMM delegation had with the chief minister during the day.
The Bengal chief minister responded by announcing: “This is friendship. It was a positive meeting. All the issues regarding smooth functioning of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration were discussed at length. They have assured us of working together and I have only one request to them that they will not resort to bandhs.”
The GJMM delegation was led by general secretary Mr Roshan Giri who is also a GTA member, the acting chief executive Mr Ramesh Allay, Mr Jyoti Rai and Mr P T Ola and three hills MLAs.
The chief minister said a tripartite meeting would be held but after a bipartite one.
“The Centre has to fulfill various things as per the GTA agreement. A tripartite meeting will be held soon, but first a bipartite meeting will be held when the Assembly session starts from 18th November,” she said.
She added: “The GTA has already started functioning, but the GJMM must choose a new GTA chief executive immediately.”
Mr Chhetri said: “After a period of miscommunication, the chief minister came with such a tremendous capability to solve the problems.”
“We should improve the hills with the proper functioning of the GTA. Whatever issues are there will be sorted out in the bipartite meeting with the state government. We will then take up the matter with the Central government in a tripartite meeting,” said Mr Chettri.
The chief minister commented on Facebook: “My Darjeeling people are happy. I am also happy. Peace in the hills is my peace. Let the hills always smile.’’