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Morcha wants meeting before Aug 7 Talks dubbed a ploy for strike withdrawal

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 16, 2009

A rally taken out by Morcha supporters in Darjeeling on Wednesday. (Suman Tamang)

A rally taken out by Morcha supporters in Darjeeling on Wednesday. (Suman Tamang)

Darjeeling , July 15: Clouds of uncertainty are hovering over the proposed tripartite talks, with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today demanding that the meeting in Delhi must be held before the budget session of Parliament ends on August 7.

The Morcha also termed the invitation for the talks as a ruse to get the party to withdraw the indefinite strike.

The Union home ministry yesterday sent a letter to the Morcha apprising the party of the Centre’s willingness to hold a tripartite meeting on August 24. With the Morcha demanding the talks before August 7, the hill outfit has virtually rejected any discussion at a later date.

“We have received the letter and we demand that the tripartite meeting be held with the sole agenda of Gorkhaland at a political level before the end of the current session of Parliament,” said, Binay Tamang, the assistant secretary of the Morcha.

The Morcha, however, seemed dissatisfied with the content of the letter sent by the Union home ministry and termed it as “vague”. “It merely states that a tripartite meeting will be held on August 24.

The letter does not specify the agenda of the meeting or its venue. It is also silent on the people who will be invited to the talks. We believe that this is just a ploy to get us to withdraw the indefinite strike,” added Tamang.

He reiterated that the Morcha would not sit for any other meeting except for Gorkhaland and added that there was no question of the strike being withdrawn unless the party was satisfied with the outcome of the tripartite meeting held at a political level.

The Morcha also maintained that a document, titled Why Gorkhaland, would be released at the Constitution Club in New Delhi tomorrow. “Sushma Swaraj, Jaswant Singh and Rajiv Pratap Rudy (all belonging to the BJP) will be present, along with other leaders, during the release,” said Roshan Giri, the general secretary of the Morcha over the phone from New Delhi.

The document justifies and reasons the logic behind the demand for Gorkhaland and will be circulated among the MPs, Giri said.

Sources said the Centre was also looking at appointing an interlocutor to look into the demand for Gorkhaland.

“The issue of appointing an interlocutor had been discussed during the second tripartite meeting. However, after that, we have not heard anything about it,” he said.

Source: The Telegraph


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