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Jaswant to skip Delhi talks

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 10, 2009

SILIGURI, 9 AUG: Darjeeling BJP MP Mr Jaswant Singh will not take part in the 11 August tripartite talks in New Delhi convened over the Gorkhaland agitation. This is the third round of dialogues initiated by the Union home ministry between the agitating Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM), the West Bengal government and the Centre.
The previous two rounds of inconclusive talks were held on 8 September and 29 December respectively, in 2008.
According to the GJMM general secretary Mr Roshan Giri, a 13-member party delegation has already reached Delhi to take part in the 11 August talks, which are scheduled to commence at the India International Centre in the national capital at 10.30 a.m. The GJMM delegation includes Mr Amar Lama, Mr Anmol Prashad, Mr Trilok Dewan, Mr Harkabahadur Chhetri, Mr Rohit Sharma and others.
“The meeting is to be held at the bureaucratic level and hence neither our party supremo nor our ally, the BJP MP Mr Jaswant Singh, will take part in it. Instead, the 13-member delegation that we have sent in, comprising several central committee leaders, will carry forward the dialogue,” Mr Giri said.
The West Bengal government is likely to be represented in the negotiation meet by the state chief secretary Mr Ashoke Mohan Chakraborty and the home secretary Mr Ardhendu Sen. The Union home secretary Mr GK Pillai will represent the Centre.
Meanwhile, coinciding with the tripartite talks, Siliguri based anti-Gorkhaland pressure groups have convened a 24-hour shutdown in north Bengal on 11 August.
Tamang no to compromise
The All India Gorkha League is against any forms of arrangements made for the Darjeeling hills under the West Bengal government, the AIGL chief, Mr Madan Tamang has said at a press conference in Darjeeling today. “Several forces are intentionally fomenting confusion over the paramount separate statehood demand. My party would not accept anything short of a separate state as a homeland for the Indian Gorkhas,” Mr Tamang said.
He said that even a regime change in West Bengal would not bring about a perceptible change in the ruling clique’s policy towards the long suppressed Gorkha community in the Darjeeling hills.

Source:The Statesman


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