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GJM disappointed after talks with Bengal government

first_imgThe Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has expressed its disappointment with the second round of talks with the West Bengal government held at Uttar Kanya on Tuesday. “It seems that the agenda of the meeting was decided in advance, namely to raise issues pertaining to minimum wages, bonus and salaries. There was no discussion on Gorkhaland or the need and modality of maintaining a tripartite dialogue on Gorkhaland,” a press statement issued by Jyoti Kumar Rai, assistant general secretary of GJM, said. The GJM also appealed to the Centre to “immediately convene a tripartite meeting” on the ongoing stalemate in Darjeeling. Seven members of the GJM, including two MLAs and expelled leader Binoy Tamang, participated in the meeting. The ongoing strike in Darjeeling has crossed 90 days. Attempts by the state government to normalise the situation in the hills have failed to yield much results. On Wednesday, the government resumed bus services between Darjeeling and Siliguri. The buses were escorted by vehicles of security forces. While expressing disappointment with the outcome of the meeting, the GJM said it was “partly appreciative” of CM’s statement that “every citizen has the right to do agitation”. The press statement also added that the “90 days of indefinite strike and the death of 11 Gorkhaland supporters was not bargain for bonus, salary, winter allowance for teachers and development issues”.The next round of talks is scheduled to be held on October 17.last_img

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