The official level tripartite talks between the Centre, West Bengal government and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in Delhi ended in a stalemate over the territory question on Tuesday.
“We insisted that the territory issue be discussed while the state government was not willing to do so. Thus the impasse,” Roshan Giri, general secretary, GJM, told HT.
“The state home secretary said they didn’t have the mandate to discuss the territory issue. The state team had come unprepared,” said Amar Lama, central committee member of the GJM.
The stalemate has put a question mark over the second round of talks between the parties, tentatively scheduled for May 25.
“Through the meeting, the state government insisted that they first firm up the devolution of powers to the proposed body. The GJM representatives, on the other hand, wanted a decision on expanding the territorial boundary under the proposed council,” a home ministry official said.