The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has decided to put on hold its March 27 agitation following President Pratibha Patil's assent to the Gorkha Territorial Administration Bill.

“We are happy to hear about the presidential assent. We express our gratitude to [West Bengal] Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her initiative to form the GTA,” said GJM general secretary Roshan Giri. Mr. Giri, however, said election to GTA, when it was formed, would depend on the inclusion of 400 mouzas from Terai and Dooars plains of Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling district. The elections and board formation would be pending until the State government ended stalemate on the land issue, he said. — PTI

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