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Pranab favours Sixth Schedule status for Darjeeling

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 20, 2009

Raiganj (WB), July 19 (PTI) Rejecting demands for a separate Gorkhaland state carved out of West Bengal, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today said the Centre was ready to grant Sixth Schedule status for Darjeeling hills and asked the GJM leadership to call off its indefinite bandh.

“There is no question of any division of Bengal,” he told reporters when asked about indefinite bandh by the GJM in the Darjeeling hills which entered seventh day today.

The Centre was ready to grant Sixth Schedule status for Darjeeling or more powers under its provisions, he said.

Meanwhile, GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri said they were not ready to accept the Sixth Schedule status.

“It is against the people’s interest. Sixth Schedule is a dead issue. Pranab Mukherjee should not try to reopen it.

People had already opposed it and ousted its proponent GNLF supremo Subhas Ghisingh from Darjeeling.

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