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11-party forum to launch stir on GTA

As many as 11 organisations,including the All Bengal Adivasi Vikas Parishad,have decided to oppose inclusion of any territory from Dooars and Terai into the proposed Gorkha Territorial Administration as demanded by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha.

As many as 11 organisations,including the All Bengal Adivasi Vikas Parishad,have decided to oppose inclusion of any territory from Dooars and Terai into the proposed Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) as demanded by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM). A meeting of the the 11-party umbrella organization was held in Siliguri today

The organisations, including the ABVP,CPI(ML),Kamtapur People’s party led by Atul Roy and the Bangal Bhasa Bachao Committee,also decided to go in for a “rail roko” in four different places in Dooars and Terai on April 6 and 7 to press for their demand.

It was also decided to launch an agitation in Dooars and Terai from April 15,the day when a high-powered committee headed by Justice Shyamal Sen has convened a meeting of all the stake-holders in the matter. The committee is expected to decide if the new territory will be included in the proposed GTA after considering the 700-plus claims and objections it has received.

The 11-party forum opposing this move will also submit a deputation to the West Bengal Governor.

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Meanwhile,the GJM leadership has denounced the idea of holding any polls of the GTA without inclusion of the new territory as demanded by them. The GJM has said that if the new territory is not added to the GTA from Dooars and Terai,it would like to have a nominated or ad-hoc GTA and not an elected one.

John Barla,a breakaway faction of the adivasi community however,said the agitation by the 11-party forum will not have any impact on the GTA. He said he was working for “peace and development” of the adivasis living in the plans and supports the inclusion of territory to the GTA.