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Plan to woo Terai Adivasis

Siliguri, July 2: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s Terai branch committee has decided to woo the tribals of the region to support it’s statehood demand, a day after the Adivasis met the state chief secretary to press for Sixth Schedule status for the Dooars and Terai.

“The state government has started a campaign against our party for delaying the next level of tripartite meeting and it is trying to misguide the tribals against us,” said Shankar Adhikary, the chief convener of the Morcha’s Terai branch committee, after the meeting at Milanmore, about 10km from here, today.

“We have decided to organise our campaign in the rural and tea garden areas across the Terai, telling people about the benefits they will get once the region is included in Gorkha Adivasi Pradesh,” Adhikary said.

Parishad state general secretary Tezkumar Toppo, however, refused to say much on the Morcha move. “I have nothing to say about their campaign. Our supporters are not going with them,” he said.

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