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Telangana spurs Gorkhaland leaders to meet Shinde for separate state demand

Thursday, 27 February 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

The perils of creating Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh are slowly creeping up in the corridors of the Union government.

Armed with solid arguments, a delegation of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) led by general secretary, Roshan Giri, will meet Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Thursday to press their demand to create a separate state for Gorkhaland by bifurcating West Bengal.

Roshan Giri, who met Union home secretary Anil Goswami on Wednesday, said, "There is no argument left for the Centre to say no to us after it went ahead and created Telangana against the will of the Andhra assembly. If the Centre wants to, it can do the same in our case also. The state government's views do not matter. We will press for the same when we meet the home minister tomorrow."

The delegation will meet leaders of all national parties in the next few days to build a consensus. It has also sought time from President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Earlier this week, GJM also held three simultaneous rallies in the hill sub-divisions of Darjeeling district — Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong while its supremo, Bimal Gurung declared that the recent Telangana development has now reversed the precedent of seeking the state government's nod in rearranging a state's boundary.

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