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Gorkhaland: GJM steps up protests

June 17, 2008 16:17 IST

A parallel meeting called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha on Tuesday passed a resolution demanding creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland.

The meeting asked the Centre to create "a separate state of Gorkhaland comprising areas of Darjeeling and contiguous areas of Dooars," GJM president Bimal Gurung said.

The meeting came ahead of an all-party meeting called by state Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in Kolkata today to discuss the Darjeeling issue.

GJM central committee member D K Pradhan claimed the meeting was attended by 13 parties including BJP, Indian National Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI, All-India Gorkha League, Sikkim National Front, Indian Muslim League, GNLF-C, a breakaway group of GNLF, CPRM, a breakway group of CPI-M and Hill Congress.

However, Congress and Trinamool Congress sources in Kolkata said that they had not authorised any party man to attend the meeting.

 Trinamool general secretary Partha Chatterjee said Gopal Singh Chhetri, who attended the meeting claiming himself to be a Trinamool repressentative was not authorised by the party.

 A CPI leader in Darjeeling and former MLA from Kalimpong Mohan Singh Rai attended the meeting, but party state secretary Manju Majumdar said in Kolkata that Rai had not informed the party before attending the meeting.

 "This violates party decision and we will initiate action against him," Majumdar said.

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