GJM to boycott meetings of Mamata, Goutam Deb

Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) will boycott meetings to be addressed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and North Bengal Development minister Goutam Deb.

The GJM will boycott the meetings of Banerjee and Deb to protest the state government`s decision not to give permission to the John Barla led faction of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikash Parishad (ABAVP) supported by the GJM to hold a meeting at Nagrakata in MalBazar today, GJM president Bimal Gurung said on Saturday.

Gurung and Barlo were scheduled to address the meeting at Nagrakata. The administration has not given permission to the ABAVP faction led by Barla to hold the meeting and has also imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 Crpc in the area.

GJM general secretary Roshan Giri also supporting Gurung`s decision to boycott the meetings of Banerjee and Deb said "we have to taken the decision to protest the administration`s partisan functioning in reference to the pro and anti-GJM conglomerates."

The Barla faction of the ABAVP supports the GJM and wants the inclusion of the moujas of the Dooars and Terai in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) while the rival factions oppose the inclusion of moujas of Dooars and Terai in GTA. The Barla faction of the ABAVP has called for an indefinite bandh in the Terai-Dooars area from tomorrow.