The meeting decided that Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) will be repealed at an appropriate time. People from the hills feel that the ‘common platform strategy’ in the hills is a historic one and has been a step at the appropriate time. The GJM, which had announced a day’s relaxation on Independence Day, extended the relief till Aug 18 but asserted it would go ahead with the scheduled programme of clamping a two-day “public curfew” in the region from Tuesday.
“The relaxation has been announced after a resolution adapted by the all party meeting. GJM is not alone. We have eight other major parties fighting for Gorkhaland. This is our last fight and we must fight till the end,” said GJM chief Bimal Gurung, reported IANS. He further added, “the next two days, we will have to prove our mandate for Gorkhaland to the nation.”
The participating parties also condemned the “recent police atrocities” and extended support for the public curfew.
But, the all-party meeting was boycotted by the ruling Trinamool Congress, opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Gorkha National Liberation Front. Besides GJM vice president and elected GTA members Kalyan Dewan and Geeta Chettri, leader of the Nari Morcha, two other party leaders, Samir Tirua and Sachin Tamang have also now joined the list of prominent faces behind bars since the agitation started. Meanwhile the opposition Left Front on Monday slammed Banerjee for her ultimatum and asked the state government to convene an all party meeting to explore possibilities to solve the issue, reported IANS.
“The ultimatum and the kind of provocative words that the chief minister is using will only add fuel to the fire. It will worsen the situation further,” leader of opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said.