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Gorkhaland: Gurung seeks tripartite talks

July 03, 2008 14:49 IST

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on Thursday said it was no longer interested in holding talks with the West Bengal government on Gorkhaland issue and was awaiting tripartite talks in Delhi.

GJM president Bimal Gurung made the comment while reacting to West Bengal Home Secretary A M Chakraborty's recent statement here last week that further talks between the GJM and state government were required to find a solution to the Darjeeling problem.

Gurung said that during talks with the West Bengal Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, in the last week of June, GJM leaders had requested Bhattacharjee to take the initiative for tripartite talks involving the Centre, state government and GJM.

"But we have not received any further invitation from the government. We can give our opinion only after we receive the invitation," Gurung said.

The GJM's insistence on tripartite talks, meanwhile, received a shot in the arm when three major constituents of the Darjeeling district Left Front -- CPI, AIFB and RSP -- unequivocally stressed the need for having immediate three-way dialogue.

Darjeeling district secretary of Forward Bloc Smritish Bhattacharya told PTI that the state government should take an immediate initiative for the talks.

Similarly, the CPI district secretary, Ujjawal Choudhury, said the state government should not lose any further time for the talks and theĀ  GJM at the same time should come forward with a positive frame of mind.

RSP district secretary Benoy Chakraborty went a step further, saying, "The GJM is doing the right thing by not showing interest in talks with the state government as the government has created the situation itself by indulging Ghising for almost two decades."

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