Siliguri, June 25: The president of the Dooars and Terai Regional Committee of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad, John Barla, has been summoned by the state leadership to Calcutta to discuss his decision to hold talks with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on a joint movement for the creation of Gorkha Adivasi Pradesh.
Before leaving for Calcutta, Barla said the date for the talks with the Morcha would be decided on his return to the Dooars.
“I have received an urgent call from our leadership in Calcutta to attend the state committee meeting tomorrow,” said Barla. “I will return to the Dooars by Sunday and after that on June 28, we will hold our regional committee’s meeting at Banarhat where we will decide on the date for holding talks with the Morcha.”
On Tuesday, Barla, in defiance of his party leadership, had sent a letter to the Morcha saying the Parishad’s regional committee was willing to hold talks with the Morcha on Gorkha Adivasi Pradesh and they would shortly be informed of the date.
However, yesterday Birsa Tirkey, the state president of the Parishad, had said there was no question of holding any dialogue with the Morcha as the hill party had no authority to decide on the developments in the Dooars.
He had also told The Telegraph that he had received an invitation from the government to sit for a dialogue on June 30. “I have received the invitation from the home department over phone that government will hold a dialogue with us on June 30 at Writers’ Buildings,” said Tirkey. “We have convened the Saturday meeting to discuss the issues which are going to be placed before the government on June 30.”
Tirkey also confirmed Barla’s participation in the meeting and ruled out any possibility of a rift with its regional committee over joining hands with the Morcha.
“We had cleared our stand in a public meeting at Banarhat on June 9 that we want the Terai and Dooars to be included under the Sixth Schedule and we won’t allow the inclusion of any part of the Dooars and Terai in the state demanded by the Morcha,” Tirkey said.