Gorkha group calls for 40 day strike in Darjeeling

July 4th, 2010 - 11:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, July 4 (IANS) The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) Sunday called for a 40-day long shutdown, from Aug 2, in the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling district to protest the unwillingness of the state and the central government for the sixth round tripartite talks,
It demanded the talks be held immediately.

“We are calling a 40-day long shutdown in the three hilly sub-divisions from Aug 2 to Sep 11 as the state government is delaying the sixth round of tripartite talks. We demand that the talks be held immediately,” GJM’s assistant general secretary Binay Tamang said.

The GJM, which has been spearheading the separate Gorkhaland state movement, also announced that offices of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), central and state government will remain closed for indefinite period from Tuesday. There will be a general shutdown July 25 in the three hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling.

A 72-hour general shutdown has been called from July 28.

Earlier state and central government had held several rounds of tripartite talks with the officials of GJM on the Gorkhaland issue.

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