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Featured Image: Darjeeling Raj Bhavan in file photo.

By Our Newsmen

Siliguri / Kolkata, 7 June: OVER four decades since Siddhartha Shankar Ray had conducted meetings of the then Congress Cabinet in Darjeeling, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would on Thursday hold a meeting of her Cabinet in the Hill town.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at the majestic Raj Bhavan in Darjeeling, which has for the past several years been serving only as a leisure stay for the Governor of the state.

Coinciding Mamata Banerjee’s Cabinet meeting, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha would hold a fasting agitation a little away against state government’s decision to make Bengali compulsory in all schools in the state as the second or third language.

To steer away any trouble arising out of this, the administration has deployed additional police force and combat troops all over Darjeeling town, especially around Raj Bhavan located close to the Mall.

During the course of the day today, a GJM delegation led by general secretary Roshan Giri held a meeting with state BJP president Dilip Ghosh at the latter’s residence at Beleghata in Kolkata and also called on Governor KN Tripathi complaining about the imposing of Bengali in the Hills and interference in the semi-autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

They told Ghosh that GJM was considering stepping down en masse from GTA against state government’s interference in the semi-autonomous body. Interestingly, the five-year term of the GJM ruled current GTA Sabha is slated to exhaust in July.

“GJM has told me that they would quit GTA soon. We support their sentiment as instead of a separate state, the state government has handed over them GTA which is nothing but a toy,” Ghosh said. “However, as regards the demand for Gorkhaland state, it is up to the Centre to take a call.”

On meeting the Governor, Roshan Giri said that they do not see any utility in continuing in the GTA. “With the state government interfering on every step, what is the use of GTA,” he said. The delegation included GJM Kurseong MLA Rohit Sharma and GTA media adviser Swaraj Thapa.