May 27, 2011
Bimal Gurung to meet Chief Minister on May 30
Kolkata, May 27: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sent out positive vibes when Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders met her on Thursday at Writers` Buildings. She hoped to solve the Darjeeling problem through negotiations with an emphasis on development. The GJM delegation extended support to the government, though they did not relinquish their demand for Gorkhaland.
“We will look after the development of Darjeeling. We all love Darjeeling. Darjeeling and Jangalmahal problems will have to be settled,” the Chief Minister told after a meeting with the GJM delegation, led by its General Secretary Roshan Giri. Four newly elected GJM legislators were present in the meeting, along with three central committee members.
Ms Banerjee had a telephonic talk with GJM President Bimal Gurung. She said the Chief Secretary would soon convene a meeting on Darjeeling. After the meeting, GJM leaders had a meeting with development and Planning Minister Manish Gupta.
Mr. Giri later announced that Mr. Gurung would come to Kolkata and meet the Chief Minister on May 30. Mr. Giri said GJM would be with the present government. “The Congress – Trinamool alliance has managed to remove the Left Front from power after so many years. We had extended support to the alliance in the election,” Mr. Giri said.
Earlier on Thursday, four GJM legislators from Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Kalchini took oath as MLAs.