Day after accord, GJM harps on Gorkhaland

July 19th, 2011 - 11:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Sukna (West Bengal), July 19 (IANS) A day after signing the tripartite agreement for the creation of the autonomous development council Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Tuesday said “a separate Gorkhaland state” will continue to be its main demand.

Addressing a press conference here, GJM chief Bimal Gurung said the main demand will continue to be the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland to be carved out of the northern parts of West Bengal. He also said the GTA will be formed only after the inclusion of Terrai and Dooars.

The core of the tripartite agreement inked between the central, West Bengal governments and the GJM is the formation of the GTA, which is armed with more powers as compared to its predecessor, the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) formed in the late 1980s.

Asked to react on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement that the state will not be divided, Gurung said owing to political responsibility, she had to say so. She added that Banerjee was not only familiar with their problems but would also ensure that those are solved.

On the question of inclusion of Terrai and Dooars in the GTA, Gurung said an expert committee has been set up for the purpose which will survey the Gorkha-dominated parts of these areas and on the basis of its report, the GTA will be formed.

Gurung severely criticised the erstwhile Left Front government for grossly neglecting the area and added that his party was optimistic of the new government solving their problems.

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