Chairman of the Board of Administration of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, BinayTamang,in a press meet at Deolo, Kalimpong, today has said that he is scheduled to meet Sikkim Chief Minister,PawanChamling, on 27 Mar at Gangtokto discuss interests common to the Hills of Darjeeling and Sikkim.
MrTamang told the media that he along with GTA vice chairman,AnitThapaand other GTA members will meet the Sikkim CM to discuss mutual interests.
“The meeting will help bring peace and harmony between Darjeeling and Sikkim. It will also help us move forward,” MrTamang added.
He also thanked MrChamling and the Sikkim Government for agreeing to meet him.
The ones who derailed the Gorkhaland movement by taking up arms are underground but are trying to come back into mainstream politics by joining Trinamool Congress, he added.
After months of violent agitation in Darjeeling last year, many West Bengal leaders had accused Sikkim and its Chief Minister of sheltering and financing Gorkha leaders like GJM supremoBimalGurung.
However, in a meeting heldon 16 Mar at Siliguri, West Bengal Chief Minister,Mamata Banerjee and Sikkim Chief Minister,PawanChamling, agreed to ‘work together for a better tomorrow’.
“Past is past,” the CMs had said.
Even MrTamang, in his first political public meeting in January, had cautioned CMPawanChamlingagainst interfering in the politics of Darjeeling hills. The hatchet, it appears, will now be buried by all sides.