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West Bengal government, Darjeeling parties talks fruitful

Heights of protest: A gathering at Darjeeling's Ghum railway station, the highest altitude station in India. Suvojit Bagchi

Heights of protest: A gathering at Darjeeling's Ghum railway station, the highest altitude station in India. Suvojit Bagchi  

Almost 11 weeks into the Darjeeling impasse, three major political parties in the hills held talks with the West Bengal government at the State Secretariat here on Tuesday indicating fresh hopes that the deadlock may resolve.

Representatives of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) and Jan Andolan Party (JAP) held discussion with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and all the stakeholders indicated that peace and normalcy should be restored in the hills.

“The discussions were fruitful, constructive and positive. Peace and normalcy should be restored. We requested for withdrawal of bandh,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.

GJM assistant general secretary Benoy Tamang, who raised the issue of Gorkhaland and other demands at the meeting also underlined need for peace.

 

“Peace and normalcy are essential. We are going to Darjeeling epicentre of the bandh where we will hold meeting within our party and Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee where decision on the withdrawal of the strike will be taken,” Mr. Tamang said.

All the stakeholders agreed to take forward the discussion and the next meeting between the hill parties and West Bengal government will be held on September 12 at Uttar Kanya in north Bengal.

 

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