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    WB Governor asks GJM to maintain conducive atmosphere for talks

    Kolkata (PTI): West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Thursday asked Gorkha Janmukti Morcha to maintain a conducive atmosphere for the success of the ongoing tripartite talks, a day after after an interaction between the group and the state government failed to yield any outcome.

    The appeal was made by Gandhi when GJM president Bimal Gurung, accompanied by nine associates, called on him to reiterate their commitment to constitutional and non—violent methods and to state the broad aspirations of their agitation, a Raj Bhavan release said.

    The governor, however, expressed concern over the fast by the GJM at Gorubathan in North Bengal, and asked the party president to withdraw it as he was taking up the issues raised by him.

    This would contribute to a congenial atmosphere for the tripartite discussions, the release said.

    The GJM, with which tripartite talks are being held on their demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland, submitted a memorandum to the governor.

    Gurung told reporters later that the governor assured them to speak to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

    Gurung, however, said that the GJM's movement and hunger-strike at Garubathan in North Bengal's Dooars, adjacent to Darjeeling district would continue.

    Speaking in Nepali, Gurung said, the GJM has called a 24-hour bandh in Darjeeling district and Dooars on February 7 to protest 'atrocities' against tribals at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district.

    The talks with the chief minister on Wednesday failed after the state government turned down the GJM's demand for holding rallies in Dooars.


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