Hinting at a return of dark days in Darjeeling hills,the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Sunday threatened to revive its demand for Gorkhaland if the Centre did not convene a tripartite meeting to sort out the issue of an interim council for the hills.
The party has stressed on the urgent need for holding tripartite talks on political level among the state government,the Central government and the Morcha
After getting an urgent call from Union Minister for Home P Chidambaram,a Morcha delegation,led by its president Bimal Gurung,left for Delhi on Sunday to have a meeting with the minister and the officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Centre and the state are playing ducks and drakes with our patience. We cant understand what they are up to. We have been waiting for the date for the tripartite talks but nothing is being conveyed. If it continues like this for some more time we will break away from all the talks on interim council and will go back to our demand of Gorkhaland, Harka Bahadur Chhetri,spokesperson for the Morcha,told The Indian Express.
The representatives of the partys other units including Kolkata,Delhi and Lucknow,on Sunday, attended a national-level convention in Darjeeling.
The delegates told us that we should carry forward the agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland. However,they left it on us to decide the path which can take us to our goal, Chhetri said.
The last tripartite meeting on the issue at officers level was held on August 16 and since no decision could be reached then it was decided that a political-level meeting would be held at the earliest. No date has been fixed as yet for the meeting,said sources in MHA.
The issues related to formation of the interim council and the inclusion of Nepali-speaking people from Terai and Dooars in the area to be governed by the council are the issues over which the state government and the Morcha differ.
While the state government is in favour of holding election for the members of the council,the Morcha favours nomination. Secondly,the state government is opposed to the inclusion of any area outside Darjeeling district into the council.
From the discussion I had with chief ministers and governors of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram,I have found that the application of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution could not bring about much development in those states, said Ashok Bhattacharya,state minister for Urban Development.