Second round of tripartite talks on Darjeeling situation in November

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Darjeeling, Sep 22 (UNI) The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today announced to take a decision on relaxation or withdrawal of their non-cooperation movement against the West Bengal government after completion of the second round of tripartite talks scheduled to be held in New Delhi in November.

Talking to newspersons here, GJM press and publicity secretary Benoy Tamang said, ''The GJM's Central Committee Meeting will take a decision on relaxation or withdrawal of the non-cooperation movement only if the outcome of the tripartite talks on the Darjeeling situation in New Delhi is positive.'' The first round of the tripartite talks among the Centre, state government and GJM was held in New Delhi earlier this month.

A GJM delegation, led by Amar Lama, had also held a meeting with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in Kolkata after the tripartite talks where the Chief Minister had urged the outfit to withdraw their agitation.

Meanwhile, the GJM issued a diktat to replace all 'WB' number plates of vehicles in the proposed Gorkhaland area to 'GL' number plates after the Dussehra festival ie October 9.

The outfit also asked to replace the number plates of all vehicles arriving from Siliguri to the hill areas.

The GJM has been spearheading a non-cooperation movement since April this year whereby its supporters have been agitating against the state government by refusing to pay their electricity and telephone bills, vehicle taxes and other dues.

The Darjeeling hills also witnessed widespread tumult and upheaval following indefinite bandh to demand a separate state of Gorkhaland.

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