Dooars trio in talks team

The Telegraph

Kalimpong, Dec. 25: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has included two Adivasis and a solitary Rajbangshi in the delegation for the tripartite talks. The strength of the team has been increased to 17 from the 13 declared yesterday.

Announcing the team that will take part in the December 29 meeting in New Delhi, Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri repeated what president Bimal Gurung had said earlier.

“The country is facing a war-like situation and we completely understand that. We will require many more rounds of talks to achieve Gorkhaland,” Giri said here today.

Yesterday, at Gorubathan, Gurung had said the party was not, too, hopeful about the outcome of the talks, especially with the country grappling with more pressing problems (like terror strikes).

While Rimesh Tigga is the joint secretary of the Morcha’s eastern Dooars unit, Bajrangbali Minz, another Adivasi, is a trade union member. Satya Singh, who is a Rajbangshi, is the party’s youth wing leader from Siliguri.

Giri and central committee members Anmol Prasad and Harkabahadur Chhetri are also part of the team. The rest are also Morcha leaders, who were there in the first round of talks.

Observers said L.B. Pariyar and Trilok Dewan would be a real asset as part of the delegation. While Pariyar is the former chief principal secretary of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, Dewan is the ex-chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh.

Giri announced that all state government and DGHC offices, barring the tax and revenue departments, would be allowed to open tomorrow. But the shutdown will continue at the project sites of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation and the National Thermal Power Corporation.

The proposed 72-hour strike from December 27 has been deferred, the Morcha leader said.

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