The GJAC after its meeting decided to put on hold the agitation for a separate state till Oct 20, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung said.
"This is in deference to the appeal by the Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde as a prerequisite for tripartite talks on the statehood issue. The condition set is that the talks should be held by October 20," he said.
Coming down from his earlier stand that the present agitation was final, the Gorkha leader said "We reiterate that the solution to Gorkhaland is not immediate and that it requires step wise dialogue to solve the century old demand of the Gorkhas."
He also echoed the Union Home Minster's version that the new states cannot be created 'immediately'.
"We decry the hostile and confrontationist attitude of the state government and would henceforth expect its cooperation to take the tripartite talks forward," Gurung said, who earlier had refused to talk to any state government representative on Darjeeling issue.
He said they would hold sit-in demonstrations in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong from Sept 13 and the students and heads of educational institutions will also write a
fax to the Prime Minister, Home Minister and the President of India over the Gorkhaland issue.
Gurung called upon the people to maintain peace at this hour and re-look at the emerging reality in the hills.
"The tripartite dialogue should be on the GJM's ultimate demand," said Gurung, who was given an additional charge of functioning as next chairman of the GJAC in place of Enos Kumar Pradhan.
In the past 44 days, the people in the hills have seen nine days of relaxation.
Political observers said the multi-pronged pressure on the Gorkha leaders, like governments at the state and Centre and court cases, forced the strategists come to call off the agitation.
--IBNS (Posted on 10-09-2013)