GJM delegation returned Darjeeling with bagful promises

GJM delegation returned Darjeeling with bagful promises
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) delegation which had been on a visit to Delhi returned Darjeeling on Thursday with a bagful of promises. The GJM leaders made it amply clear that in future they would like to depend rather on the Centre than on the West Bengal government to meet the financial needs for development of the Darjeeling hills.
Speaking to the media at the Bagdogra airport lounge, GJM assistant secretary Binay Tamang said, “We don’t want to beg before one who already has a due of Rs 43,000 crore to pay to the Centre,” pointing to the state government.
When asked about the state government’s support in running the GTA, he said that was a hopeless prospect as the state government was itself facing a heavy due worth crores of rupees. Tamang added the GJM delegation met Union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Juel Oraon, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani and several others and placed development project reports for the benefit of the GTA and the hill people.
Meanwhile, GJM chief Bimal Gurung handed over the task of facing the media to GJM general secretary Roshan Giri who claimed the meetings were positive and the Central leadership including the ministers they met were concerned about the development of the hills. He said the entire state of affairs in the hills was narrated in detail and the leaders have promised to ensure the development of the GTA.
Responding to a question as to whether any discussions were held on the statehood issue, Giri said talks are in progress and they cannot be divulged at the moment.(EOIC)

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