Shinde condition for tripartite talks: Call off indefinite strike in hills

Shinde told the Morcha leaders to withdraw the strike first after which the Centre would start preparations for a tripartite meeting.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 4, 2013 2:55 am

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha is likely to call off the indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills in a couple of days following a meeting held between Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and the representatives of Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee led by Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri on Tuesday.

At a time when Giri is said to have asked for a route to repeal the GTA,Shinde told the Morcha leaders to withdraw the strike first after which the Centre would start preparations for a tripartite meeting.

“Shinde has requested us to withdraw the strike. We have communicated this to our president (Bimal Gurung). Our party is considering the proposal. We have been told by the minister the Centre would arrange for a tripartite meeting. He has also told us that he would talk to the chief minister (Mamata Banerjee) on the issue,” Giri said.

According to sources in the GJM,the Morcha leaders met Shinde looking for a “face saver” as the party has been pushed to the wall in the hills with more than 800 of its leaders put behind the bars by the state government.

A senior GJM leader,pleading anonymity,said that the Morcha asked Shinde to find a way to repeal the GTA as the people in the hills are unable to accept the hill council after the Centre announced the formation of Telangana.

In a meeting of the GTA members on Wednesday,the leader said,“The members would be present. But we will not agree to elect a new chief executive. If the government imposes a chief executive on us,we will vote him out by passing a resolution,” he said.

Meanwhile,Gurung wrote in a post on Facebook that the agitation will go on in the hills. “Today,the GJAC met Shinde who assured the hill delegation that the Centre would soon convene a tripartite meeting to solve the impasse. The Home Minister has appealed to withdraw the ongoing agitation and come for dialogue. The GJAC will meet soon and take appropriate action but the movement for Gorkhaland will continue,” he wrote.

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