Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung on Saturday said that Darjeeling should find representation from West Bengal in Rajya Sabha.
“We have requested the chief minister to ensure that the hills are represented the next time there are vacancies in Rajya Sabha,” Gurung told reporters after a meeting with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat. Chief secretary Samar Ghosh and home secretary GD Gautam were also present.
Moving on to other issues, Gurung said that the elections to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration would be held in early July 2012. The areas that will go to the polls are subdivisions of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong - which used to fall under the erstwhile Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council.
“It was unanimously decided in the meeting that the elections would be held sometime towards the end of June, or in early July,” Gurung said.
It was also decided at the meeting that the high-powered committee headed by retired Chief Justice of the Allahabad high court, Shyamal Sen, would be requested to submit the report on the inclusion of Siliguri, Terai and Dooars in GTA by June. “We are happy with the developments,” said Gurung.
A few months ago, the GJM was steadfast in its demand that unless 398 mouzas of the Terai and Dooars were included in the GTA area, there would be no elections.