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GJMM rejects Central interlocutor’s choice

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 17, 2009

SILIGURI, 16 OCT(The Statesman): The GJMM has rejected the name of Mr A Halder, former Central Intelligence Bureau chief proposed to it by the Union Home ministry as an interlocutor on the Gorkhaland issue. “This was about a fortnight back and since then we have received no communication from the Centre in this matter,” said the GJMM general secretary, Mr Roshan Giri today.
He further said that the matter no longer held importance with the date fixed for the tripartite dialogue approaching fast. “We are concentrating on our homework to convince the Centre of the imperatives of carving out a state for the Indian Gorkhas in Darjeeling,” Mr Giri said.
Speaking on the matter, the GJMM media secretary, Dr Harka Bahadur Chettri said that his party had rejected the name of Mr Haldar as the proposed interlocutor as, he had been propped up by the West Bengal government.
“We were convinced that a person whose name was being insisted on by the state government would not help much in advancing the cause for which the process of the appointment was undertaken. Some time has passed since we conveyed our stand on the matter. Yet, the Centre has not taken any fresh initiative in this direction,” he said.
Giving an account of the organizational revamping of the party with the crucial fourth round of the three-way dialogue approaching, Dr Chettri said that the party unit in the Dooars was being strengthened in particular. “The party president Mr Bimal Gurung has made it clear during his frequent tours to Kalimpong over the past few months that the Dooars unit of the party must be revived adequately to take on any eventuality,” he said.
Asked whether there is a possibility of the revival of the agitation in that particular belt, the GJMM spokesperson said that it was not on the agenda right now.

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