A six-member Gorkha Janmukti Morcha team led by its General Secretary Roshan Giri is in New Delhi to discuss certain points on autonomy at a tripartite meeting with West Bengal government representatives and Union Home Secretary G. K. Pillai.
“We are not supposed to disclose everything to the press whenever we go to Delhi,” Mr. Giri, who left for the Union capital on Sunday, said when asked about the tripartite meeting since political level talks are scheduled to begin only on May 14.
Party chief Bimal Gurung at a public meeting at Kurseong on Sunday said that the delegation was sent to Delhi to discuss the main issues for an interim arrangement in the Darjeeling hills till 2011 when assembly elections are due in West Bengal.
He claimed that the interim arrangement would be as good as a separate State of Gorkhaland. “Only the name will be different.”
A GJM source said that a demand has been placed for autonomy of 102 departments and some more would be sought.