Gurung to skip Kolkata talks
Darjeeling, August 27, 2017: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Chief Bimal Gurung is all set to skip the all party meeting of the Darjeeling Hill parties in Kolkata on August 29. The GJM on Saturday announced the names of a 5 member team to attend the talks.
GJM Chief Coordinator Binay Tamang will be heading the team.
Incidentally, on August 22, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that a meeting would be held at 4 pm on August 29 at Nabannya to be attended by all hill parties wanting peace and normality in the Hills. The meeting was in response to a letter written by Mann Ghising, President, Gorkha Liberation Front (GNLF) seeking the CM's intervention to resolve the Darjeeling impasse.
Political observers feel that as Gurung is charged in multiple cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Gurung has decided to stay away from the meeting lest he be arrested. The Kolkata meeting will be chaired by CM Mamata Banerjee.
On Saturday the GJM made public the names of leaders who would be attending talks. The GJM team will be led by Binay Tamang, Chief Coordinator, GJM along with Dr. RB Bhujel -President, GJM Kalimpong District Committee; Anit Thapa- Assitant general Secretary from Kurseong; Tshering Dahal, GJM Terai Convenor and Rohit Thapa-
Organising Secretary, Dooar's committee.
The GJM had earlier declared that they would participate in the Kolkata meeting and would also press for the creation of Gorkhaland. Meanwhile, the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee ( a conglomeration of 14 pro Gorkhaland outfits) will be meeting on Sunday to decide whether to attend the Kolkata meeting or not.
The GMCC has demanded that the CM send a formal invitation marked to the GMCC.
"On receipt of the letter we will decide whether to attend or not. Some constituent parties of the GMCC have decided not to attend" stated Kalyan Dewan, Coordinator.
The Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM- a pro Gorkhaland outfit ) has already declared that they will be not be attending the Kolkata meeting.