Life attains normalcy after 60-hr relaxation in Hills
In its attempt to create a favourable environment before the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leaders reach New Delhi to embark dialogue with the national leaders, a three-day relaxation in the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills was given by the GJM on Sunday evening. The bandh will be resumed on Wednesday after 6 pm.
The GJM party sources said the next round of bandh will be more strictly implemented by covering all educational institutions, tea gardens, and cinchona plantations after its taking back on Wednesday evening. The bandh had been called by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) since June 16 demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland.
The normalcy soon attained in the three hill states of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong after the announcement of the relaxation in bandh spread out in the area; people took to streets and the movement of vehicles gradually enhanced. The Sikkim connected to the Darjeeling by national highway, NH 31A was completely cut off due to shutdown reaped a sigh of relief with the restoration of transportation of essential commodities to the land locked state.
Shops were reopened and the shopkeepers were indulged in selling commodities on high prices. But after the intervention of local GJM leader, the shopkeepers resorted to selling at normal prices.
Not only the people of the territory affected a lot, but its richest produce, the tea industry, also got the hardest hit. Although the tea plantations have been kept out of gamut of indefinite bandh, but its dispatch has been affected. Loss is also incessant as tea is sold this time at highest price.
Along with the temporary relief from the shutdown, the Morcha has decided to send a four-member delegation comprises general secretary Roshan Giri, Pradeep Pradhan, Harka Bahadur Chhetri and Phubi Rai to Delhi to talk to central leaders. The team would talk to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Leader of Opposition L K Advani and BJP president Rajnath Singh.
The GJM also agreed to send another delegation to Kolkata Tuesday to talk with the Chief Minister, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.
The GJM Chief Gurung said the delegation would request the CM to write to the Centre for holding immediate tripartite meeting. The Kolkata team will later join the four-member team in Delhi. The Chief however refused to say about what instruction it had given to the Delhi delegation.
The GJM had commenced the indefinite shutdown on June 16 on their solitary demand of separate state of Gorkhaland. The GJM had also rejected the second invitation sent by the CM to come for talks on June 18 minus any pre-condition.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee had also nodded for tripartite talks, but refused to accept any pre-condition.
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