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Asok demands ban of Gorkhaland personnel

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 21, 2009

SILIGURI, 20 JULY: The state urban development minister and a senior CPI-M leader Mr Asok Bhattacharya has asked the Centre to immediately outlaw the Gorkhaland personnel, an affiliate of the GJMM constellation. He also pleaded for postponement of the next round of tripartite dialogue slated on 11 August in New Delhi in view of the continuing bandh in the Darjeeling hills. The party’s youth wing, DYFI threatened to bring life in Siliguri to a standstill if the Centre and the state government remained mute spectators in the face of ‘the dragging lawlessness’ in the hills.
Mr Bhattacharya said that a parallel law enforcing machinery apparently challenging the state police was inadmissible in a democratic polity. “ The Centre should take stringent action against the GLP before the situation in the strife-torn Darjeeling hills spirals out of administrative control,” he said.
He further said that the scheduled tripartite talks would be reduced to a meaningless exercise in the surcharged atmosphere in the hills. “Dialogue and confrontation in the form of an indefinite shutdown cannot go hand in hand in a sensible society. Talks in such an acrimonious atmosphere would produce more heat than light. These should be deferred till the situation in the hills normalise,” the CPI-M leader said.
Accusing the Congress of indulging in the worst kind of equivocative politics, Mr Bhattacharya said that the central and the state leadership of the party seemed working at cross purposes vis-à-vis the hill tangle.
“While Mr Pranab Mukherjee is categorically ruling out the state’s division, the state and the Darjeeling district leaderships continues hobnobbing with the GJMM to keep its political base in the hills intact. This dubiousness imbues the intractable tangle with a sinister hue,” he added.
The Darjeeling district DYFI secretary Mr Shankar Ghosh today threatened to launch an agitation to force the Centre and the state out of its ‘seeming somnolence over the burning issue’. ‘Our patience in the face of growing audacity on the part of the GJMM and the petulant subservience of the Centre and the state government to its overt browbeating is running thin. We might resort to a vigorous agitation in Siliguri without derailing normal life if such passivity on the administration’s part continues,” he said.

Source: The Statesman


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