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MHA begins tripartite talks with Gorkhas, West Bengal authorities to resolve statehood demand

The Union Residence Ministry Tuesday started tripartite talks with the Gorkha representatives from the Darjeeling Hills, Terrai and Dooars area and the Authorities of West Bengal with a view to resolve the longstanding demand of statehood within the North Bengal area.
The talks had been chaired by Residence Minister Amit Shah with the Gorkha delegation being led by Darjeeling MP Raju Bishta. Officers stated the assembly mentioned varied points regarding the Gorkhas and the area.
“The Union Minister of Residence Affairs stated that the Central Authorities…is consistently making efforts to resolve points associated to the Gorkhas and of the area. The Union Residence Minister listened to all of the events…and has determined to name for the second spherical of talks within the presence of the senior officers of the Authorities of West Bengal in November 2021,” an MHA assertion stated.
Notably, the West Bengal Authorities was represented solely by its resident commissioner in Delhi within the assembly.
“The West Bengal Authorities has been particularly requested to ship their senior officers for the subsequent spherical of talks. The all-round improvement and prosperity of the Darjeeling hills, Terrai and Dooars area is the highest most precedence of the Modi Authorities,” the MHA stated.
The final assembly on the problem was held by MHA in October final yr when a delegation of Gorkha leaders had come to fulfill then MoS Residence G Kishan Reddy to debate the statehood subject. Coming forward of West Bengal polls, the Mamata Banerjee authorities had boycotted the assembly with the TMC claiming it to be a ploy to divide the state.
The Tuesday assembly was additionally attended by MoS Residence Nityanand Rai, MoS Minority Affairs and MP from Alipurdwar John Barla, Residence Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Tribal Affairs Secretary Anil Kumar Jha, the Registrar Normal of India Vivek Joshi other than the Principal Resident Commissioner of West Bengal Krishna Gupta. On behalf of the Gorkhas, the delegation comprised Darjeeling MLA Neeraj Zimba, Kurseong MLA B P Bajgain, Kalchini MLA Bishal Lama, GNLF Chief Mann Ghising, CPRM chief R B Rai, GoRaNiMo chief Dawa Pakhrin, ABGL chief Pratap Khati and SuMuMo chief Bikash Rai.
In October final yr, a seven-member delegation led by Lopsang Yolmo Lama, working president of the Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha (GJM), had met Reddy. The assembly was additionally attended by Residence Secretary Ajay Bhalla and different MHA officers.
“The delegation raised the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland and grant of Scheduled Tribe standing to 11 Gorkha sub-communities. When the problem of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration was raised, the GJM delegation submitted that the delegation was there to debate the statehood demand and grant of Scheduled Tribe standing and never the GTA for the reason that Memorandum of Settlement signed between the Union of India, Authorities of West Bengal and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in 2011 was not honoured by the state of West Bengal,” Lama had stated then.
Lama had then stated that Reddy gave the delegation a affected person listening to and guaranteed them that the federal government will take into account all the pieces offered earlier than it and announce the subsequent assembly after briefing Residence Minister Amit Shah.
Officers from the federal government of West Bengal had additionally been invited then however they didn’t attend the assembly.

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