Darjeeling: The youth wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has asked the Centre and the Bengal government to take an initiative to hold tripartite talks to find a “permanent” solution to the Darjeeling issue and said there should be “no interference” in the affairs of the hill.
“We call upon the Centre and the state to initiate a process to start tripartite talks to find a permanent solution or else, the 100-year old sore will never heal,” Amrit Yonzone the president of the Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha, told a public meeting at Darjeeling Motor Stand here on Sunday.
The demand for a separate administrative body for the Darjeeling hills was first raised by the Hillmen Association in 1907 and the statehood cry was also raised later in the same year.
During the last year’s Gorkhaland agitation, sources said, the Centre wanted to hold a tripartite meeting involving Bimal Gurung, who was the Morcha president then, but the state insisted that the party be represented by Binay Tamang.
With the BJP backing Gurung, it is unlikely that tripartite talks involving the central and state governments and the Morcha will be held soon. “However, if the Centre agrees to sit for a three way talk with Tamang, things would be extremely difficult for Gurung,” felt an observer.
The Yuva Morcha listed a series of other demands also on Sunday. #”For peace to prevail in the hills, youths need employment, vacancies in Groups B, C and D must be filled up immediately and infrastructure in education and health must be created immediately,” said Yonzone.