Following the assurance from the Central government of a tripartite meeting,the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Tuesday finally softened its stand and called off the indefinite strike in Darjeeling,albeit sporadically,for the last six weeks. Along with this,the Gorkhaland State Joint Action Committee (GSJAC) has also suspended its agitation programme for the next two months.
With this,the schools and colleges will finally open in the Hills beginning September 13 after remaining shut for the whole of last month.
GSJAC chairman Enos Das Pradhan said,We have decided to suspend the agitation programme until October 20. We are responding to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in a positive way. There will be a dharna,however,in three sub-divisions from September 13 to 20 in relation to our demand for Gorkhaland.
Morcha President Bimal Gurung today posted on Facebook that the GSJACs decision is in deference to Shindes appeal and a prerequisite to the tripartite talks on the separate state issue. The condition set is that the talks should be held by October 20.
The Morcha leaders,meanwhile,maintained that the agitation programme would resume if the tripartite talk is not held in the given time-frame.
Shinde has clearly stated that no new state can be created immediately. We reiterate that the solution to Gorkhakland is not immediate and that it requires stepwise dialogue to meet the Gorkhas century-old demand. We decry the hostile and confrontationist attitude of the state government and would henceforth expect its coopeartion in taking the tripartite talks forward. Gurung wrote.