Kolkata, July 15 (IANS): The tripartite agreement on Darjeeling involving the West Bengal and Central governments, and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) will be signed on July 18, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced today.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram would attend the programme in Sukna in Darjeeling district, Banerjee said. "Due to the untiring efforts of our officers led by the Chief Secretary, the Central government and my brothers and sisters from Darjeeling, there is now a consensus on signing the tripartite. We will sign it on July 18," Banerjee told mediapersons here.
She said Sukna in Kurseong sub-division near the plains of Siliguri was chosen for the programme following a request from the central government.
The spot was chosen following a request from the central government to hold the programme in an area where the union home minister, who will be coming by air, can reach easily in view of the monsoon. "They wanted to ensure that the programme was not derailed by the rains," she said.