Next week, Mamata heads to Hills to talk to GJM

Apprehending that the Gorkhaland movement will gather storm again in the Hills, Mamata directed her officers to schedule the meeting in Siliguri after which she is likely to speak to the senior GJM leaders.

The GJM said they will hold a meeting with the chief minister on an "emergency" basis.

The GJM on Sunday held a rally in Darjeeling town renewing their demand for the separate statehood amid reports that Centre will soon give nod to the formation of Telangana state, which will be carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

Earlier, a delegation of senior GJM leaders went to Delhi and held a meeting with Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. "We told the Centre that if the Telengana state is announced, we will have to resume our Gorkhaland movement. We are under huge pressure from the people of the Hills whose ultimate aspiration is Gorkhaland." said GJM general secretary Roshan Giri.

"Moreover, we agreed to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) expecting that we would be able to fulfill the demands and development needs of the people of the Hills. One-and-a- half years have passed since the agreement was signed, but the departments are yet to be transferred . We are yet to receive the financial grants promised by the state and central government. We are not able to cater to the people. We do not have any option other than restoring the Gorkhaland movement," he added.

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