Gorkha Janmukti Morcha today demanded inclusion of Dooars and Terai regions in the proposed interim set-up for Darjeeling Hills, but did not raise the Gorkhaland demand during a meeting with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee here.
Emerging from a meeting with the minister who is on a two-day visit to the district, GJM president Bimal Gurung, who led a delegation, told reporters that they had requested for her help in the inclusion of Dooars and Terai in the proposed interim set-up.
"Mamata, however, told us that the issue concerned the Union Home Ministry and as such asked us to take it up with the appropriate ministry," Gurung said.
Stating that their meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, the GJM chief observed that the party focussed mainly on development issues including extension of railway connectivity.
GJM has already held several rounds of tripartite talks involving the Centre and state government on the proposed interim set-up.
The party's insistence on the inclusion of Dooars and Terai in the proposed interim set-up was strongly opposed by West Bengal government which is against division of the state.
Banerjee, who arrived here earlier in the day to a rousing reception by GJM supporters, also held a meeting with All-India Gorkha League president Bharati Tamang and its leaders.
Gorkha League, working president, Dawa Sherpa said that it would not be acceptable to them if talks were held with only one party.
Talks should be held with all parties and all stakeholders in the Hills to decide the political future of Darjeeling, he said.
The Railway Minister's visit is significant as all members of political groups as well as the NGOs and a cross-section of people sought her help in resolving the issue facing the Darjeeling hills.