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After govt ‘relents’, GJM lifts highway blockade

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 23, 2009

Kolkata:The state government’s move to accept some of the demands of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) appears to have infused a thaw in the impasse. Senior GJM leaders have found the letter sent to them by state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen to be “allright”, and have completely withdrawn the blockade on the NH-31A that connects Sikkim to Siliguri. GJM general secretary Roshan Giri has said that the government, both at the state and Centre, have committed to consider the demand for a separate Gorkhaland with all its implications, and pre-poned the talks to August 11.

“We feel this is a positive move by the government. However, we are yet to decide on the government’s request to hold talks at the secretarial level, as we have been insisting on political level talks. We held an emergency central committee meeting and decided to withdraw the blockade on the NH-31A. We will hold a meeting in a day or two to decide on participation in the talks at the secretarial level and on calling off the ongoing strike in Darjeeling,” Giri said.

Source:The Indian Express

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