Talks team ready

The Telegraph

Kalimpong, Dec. 24: Putting an end to the uncertainty over its participation in the second round of tripartite talks on its demands, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung today said a 13-member team will attend the New Delhi meeting scheduled for December 29.

Addressing a news conference at Gorubathan, about 60km from here, Gurung said the delegation will include representatives from the Adivasi and Rajbangshi communities of the Dooars and Terai.

“We will first discuss the names at our central committee meeting in Kalimpong tomorrow before making a formal announcement,” he added.

The Morcha president admitted that he was not hopeful of any meaningful outcome from the second round of talks, given the preoccupation of the Centre with more pressing national issues.

“However, the next round should be at the political level, and not at the secretary- level,” he stressed. Gurung said apart from Gorkhaland, the only other issue on the agenda of the month-end meeting would be the transfer of K.L. Tamta from the post of the inspector general of police of north Bengal.

The Morcha president also made it clear that the party would not support the Congress MP from Darjeeling, Dawa Narbula, during the general election slated for next year.

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