Stalemate over Darjeeling continues

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Kolkata, Feb 27 (UNI) The stalemate over the Darjeeling situation continued today as the talks between the agitating Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the West Bengal Government failed to resolve the problem.

The seven-member GJM team, which met Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattahcharjee at the state Secretariat, announced to continue the agitation as long as the party's demands were not met.

GJM leader Bimal Gurung told repoters that they got a 'good response' from the Government and the Chief Minister would get back to them after discussing the issue with his Ministerial colleagues.

'' However, we shall remain in Kolkata and the indefinite bandh and hunger strike in Darjeeling will continue till our demands are met, '' he said.

The GJM had been demanding ouster of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Chairman and caretaker administrator Subash Ghishing from his post. The party was also fiercely against promulgating provisions of the Sixth Schedule in the hills.

The beleaguered GNLF supremo, denied entry into Darjeeling since February 18, said he would return home by next two days.

The Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council's caretaker administrator, who arrived here this evening, had planned to spend some days here, but returned adruptly to Kolkata, sending his security personnel off guard.

Before leaving Santiniketan by road, the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) president said the people of Darjeeling were misled about the Sixth Schedule provision and added he was not opposed to a separate state for people in the hills.


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