Shutdown won’t be withdrawn until tripartite talks start: Bimal Gurung

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Darjeeling, Sep 12 (IANS) Maintaining that the demand for a separate Gorkhaland was not raised during Tuesday’s all-party meeting, Gorkha Janmukhti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung has said he would call off the ongoing shutdown only after a tripartite meeting.

Gurung’s comments came close on the heels of GJM leader Binay Tamang appealing for restoration of normalcy in the hills which have been on the boil for over three months.

“We want tripartite talks at a political level. I am not in favour of withdrawing the bandh until the tripartite meeting on Gorkhaland starts,” he said.

Gurung also vowed to start a ‘janta curfew’ programme to protest against alleged police atrocities on pro-Gorkhaland rallies.

–IANS

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