At the end of the second day of the official talks between the state government and the GJM, Mamata said: “Darjeeling issue is on its way to getting settled. Home Minister P Chidambaram has been informed that the Darjeeling matter has been solved. An agreement has been signed between us at the official-level. Technicalities have also been worked out at the official-level.”
The Chief Minister had promised a “way out of the Darjeeling impasse in three months” at her first press conference after assuming reigns of the state on May 20.
State Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh is expected to speak to the Centre and Banerjee wants to sit for a tripartite meeting ideally within a week.
Interestingly, whileMamata kept repeating that the Hill issue had been resolved, Giri played it safe without commenting on GJM’s original demand for a separate Gorkhaland. He said, “These were only the minutes of the meeting.” A new Hill Council would be elected democratically by the people of the region at a later date. The council would have powers to form rules but not pass laws. The two-day meeting followed GJM chief Bimal Gurung’s show of support to Banerjee