Bengal-Sikkim talks likely to catch elusive Bimal Gurung
The West Bengal government is in the process of initiating a dialogue with Sikkim government, trying to convince it that giving shelter to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung who had been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act could be a deterrent to the interest of Sikkim.
Senior administrative official of the state confirmed of the development. “There is a need to convince the government of Sikkim that if impasse at the hills continues then both tourism and movement of essential commodities would be affected and that peace will only be permanent restored at the hills only after Gurung is handed over to the Bengal government. There is likely to be a talk between the two states by October 24 where these points will be discussed,” the official said.
Tourists have given both Darjeeling and Sikkim a miss since the unrest at the hills in June when the indefinite strike began. Tourism is one of the most important revenue earners for both Darjeeling and Sikkim. Things got worse when Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling wrote a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the separate state of Gorkhaland which had been the demands of Gorkhas since decades, should …read more