Mamata-GJM meet deferred to June 16

Kolkata, June 12: The meeting between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was Tuesday deferred to June 16 after she received an urgent message from Congress president Sonia Gandhi to meet her for talks in New Delhi on the presidential polls.

“The meeting will now be held June 16 at 2 p.m.,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told IANS over phone.

Amid reports of the GJM planning to revive violent agitation in protest against a high-powered panel’s report on additional areas to be included in the proposed Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) in northern West Bengal, a meeting was earlier slated to be held between the outfit and Banerjee June 14.

The GJM is upset over the panel saying only five mouzas – two in Jalpaiguri district and three in Darjeeling district – fulfilled the criteria for being part of the GTA, a new hill council that would run the administration in the North Bengal hills.

The GJM has called a 72-hour shutdown from July 2. Before that, all municipality chairpersons and councillors of Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik are to put in their papers June 27. The GJM has threatened to burn the GTA agreement if the government does not reject the panel’s report.

IANS