“Only Central Government can initiate Tripartite Talks said CM,” Laxman Pradhan
CORRESPONDENT: PRAVIN THAMI
CAMERAPERSON: PRAVIN THAMI
TEXT BY BARUN ROY
DARJEELING, 22 NOVEMBER 2017: A press briefing was held by All India Gorkha League (Bharati) faction today, which was addressed by Laxman Pradhan, Vice President, AIGL (Bharati), Biplov Rai, General Secretary AIGL (Bharati) among other leaders. Informing the media about what the party proposed at the Bipartite Talk held at Pintal Village near Siliguri with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Biplov Rai said that there was only one solution for the problems faced in the hills and that was Gorkhaland, they (AIGL-B) found that all those parties that participated at the meeting beside them were either interested in some administrative setup or some where plainly interested in money. “Even though we have been adamantly in favour of the issue of Gorkhaland, there were lot of comments made as to all the party who participated in the meeting were anti-Gorkhas and this is not true. Even Gandhi sat with the British in order to negotiate for the freedom of the nation. Similarly, we participated in the meeting in order to raise the aspirations of the people of the hills. We placed a memorandum where we have raised the issue of Gorkhaland,”Rai said.
“Gorkha League wants the restoration of peace in the Hills and we are ready to play our part,” Rai said. When asked about the Tripartite talks, he said that presently there are no ques for the same but the party would participate in the Tripartite talks on Gorkhaland when it is called.
Laxman Pradhan said that the Chief Minister was clear on the issue that the State could not create a separate state. It was under the purview of the Central Government and the Central Government alone could form a separate state. Thus it was also the Central Government alone which could call the Tripartite Talks. Pradhan also said that the party will attend the next Bipartite meeting and try to ascertain what the state government’s stand was on the memorandum submitted by the party. The party purportedly submitted a memorandum seeking the formation of the separate state of Gorkhaland.
Pravin Thami is the Chief Cameraman and the Coordinator Darjeeling Region for ‘The Himalayan Beacon’.