Chief Minister Buddhadeb invites Bimal Gurung for talks

June 13th, 2008 - 6:48 pm ICT by ANI  

Kolkata, June 13: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has invited Gorkha Janamukti Morcha Chief Bimal Gurung for talks on Darjeeling issue on June 18.

“Chief Minister has invited Bimal Gurung and his followers to meet him separately on June 18 at Writers Buildings to discuss the Darjeeling issue,” Chief Minister’s Secretariat sources said.

An all-party meeting would be held on June 17 on the issue, a day before this meeting.

Gurung had met the Chief Minister two months ago following renewed demand for a separate Gorkhaland State by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).

Meanwhile, the situation in Siliguri, where 48-hour shutdown by protestors had paralyzed normal life, is fast returning to normal with the police, administration and business organisations taking steps to maintain law and order.

Sashastra Suraksha Bal (SSB) personnel have been taking out flag marches in the areas since morning.

Most of the stranded tourists have left for new Jalpaiguri railway station on way to Kolkata.

The West Bengal Government had dismissed the demand for a separate state in the hills and urged GJM leaders to sit for talks on other issues.

The GJM comprising about half a dozen parties, has been organizing protests over the past few months in the Darjeeling hills demanding a separate Gorkhaland State.

The group had revived the demand for Sixth schedule status while the GJMM, a breakaway faction of the GNLF, opposes it demanding full-fledged statehood.

The West Bengal Government has been resisting the demands for a separate State for the Gorkhas. (ANI)

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