Darjeeling, Dec. 12: A four-member CPM team today met GTA chief executive Bimal Gurung raising hopes of improving relations between the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and its rivals in the hills.
“We had a healthy discussion and Bimal Gurung was very receptive to our suggestions,” said K.B. Wattar, a CPM’s district secretariat member. “We discussed transport, water problem, interests of farmers and education in the region.” The meeting comes at a time when frequent clashes between the Morcha and its rivals, especially the GNLF and the Gorkhaland Rajya Nirman Morcha have been reported.
Besides Wattar, in the team were S.B. Tamang, G.R. Rai and Kiran Lepcha. “We demanded that kachcha roads be converted to metallic ones, the Balasun drinking water project be completed immediately and medical and engineering colleges be set up in the hills,” Wattar said. They also demanded potable water in every town and village in the hills. “We stressed on improving the traffic,” Lepcha said. “He (Gurung) told us that he would ensure that all is done for developing the region,” Watter said.