Gorkhaland viability: GJM seeks panel from Centre

A GJM delegation met union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde

Published: March 1, 2014 11:59:22 pm
Mamata Banerjee meets tribal leaders of Darjeeling in Kolkata on Saturday. PTI Mamata Banerjee meets tribal leaders of Darjeeling in Kolkata on Saturday. PTI

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has demanded from the Centre to form a committee to study the viability of Gorkahland.

A GJM delegation led by outfit general secretary Roshan Giri Saturday held a meeting with union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and union defence minister A K Antony.

Giri said: “The home minister has told us that the state government’s consent is also needed to form such a committee. He has assured he would himself have a talk with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He has asked us to talk to the Chief Minister.”  

Giri said a team of GJM leaders would meet Mamata and discuss the issue once they return from Delhi.

The delegation also requested Antony to recruit Gorkha youths in the military and paramilitary forces, added Giri.
A senior GJM leader said:  “After the Telengala bill was cleared, there is suppressed unrest in the hills. Before elections, the Morcha has to make an announcement, which would be a step forward towards Gorkhaland, to appease the people in the hills. “

Meanwhile, chiefs of 11 hill communities, including Kirati Kumbhu, Rai, Mangar, Bhujel, Tamang and Gurung, reportedly met the chief minister today in Kolkata.  

Arun Prakash Rai, mukhiya of the Rai community, said, “We have requested her to grant the tribe status to our communities and she has assured us that she would send a recommendation in this regard to the Centre soon.”

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