Shops remain closed and road wore a deserted look. A large number of GJM supporters shouted slogans demanding a separate state. The Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee, a conglomerate of eight pro-Gorkhaland parties, has asked people to observe ‘Ghar Bhitra Janta’ (people staying indoors) during the two-day visit of the Chief Minister.
The Chief Minister will go to Kalimpong, one of the three Darjeeling sub-divisions, on an invitation by the Lepcha community, which are the original inhabitants of the hills.
The Lepchas will accord a felicitation to the Chief Minister to acknowledge their appreciation for the formation of the Lepcha Development Board by the West Bengal government.
However, the All-India Lepcha Association is opposed to Mamata's visit and in protest sat on a hunger strike at Darjeeling town on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in a meeting of the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee, a unanimous decision was taken to reopen the schools and colleges which remained closed ever since the agitation for a separate state began early last month.
However, the dates when the 45 schools and 18 colleges would reopen, would be decided after September 4, a GJAC spokesman said.


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