Kolkata, August 23: After more than a two-month long misery, residents of hill area Darjeeling may hope a positive solution on its way. Gorkha National Liberation Front sent a letter to the state government for having talks. In a prompt reply to that, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called GNLF for talks on August 29.
Though GJM criticized CM’s call to GNLF as GJM is main stake holder of the Gorkhaland movement, the main agitating party Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has also shown interest to join the all party meeting. Morcha leader Binay Tamang already spoke about their interest in a talk on Monday. “We will take a decision within 24 hours of receiving a letter from government. We also want peace,” he said. He has been announced as chief coordinator of GJM. Hence he is expected to join the all-party meet.
The long strike is also disturbing local residents. Now they want an end to it. Due to Morcha’s stubborn strike, the area is facing loss in tea production, transport, trade and various sectors. Patients who want to go to Kolkata, they are unable to go. Students are facing misery. Morcha is gradually losing its ground in the area. In the same manner, GNLF leader Subhas Ghising lost people’s support in the area.