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Making best use of bandh relaxation

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 21, 2009

KURSEONG, 20 JULY: Making best use of the 10-hour relaxation to the GJMM bandh after seven days today, people in the Darjeeling Hills stocked up as best as they could to fortify themselves against another stretch of uncertainty.
Criticising the ongoing situation in the Darjeeling hills the All India Gorkha League, chief, Mr Madan Tamang today said that the state government has proved itself impotent when it comes to the Darjeeling hills.
“The administration has ceased to exist in the Darjeeling hills and law and order has passed on in the hands of the Gorkhaland Personnel and the GJMM youth wings.
Under the circumstances, Article 357 should be imposed in the Darjeeling hills.
The West Bengal government has no moral right to deal with the Darjeeling hills issue any more,” Mr Tamang said.
“The AIGL would write to the Union Home ministry seeking imposition of Article 357 in the Darjeeling hills,” he added. The GJMM leadership avoided attaching importance to Mr Tamang’s statement.
“The GJMM is not concerned with such matters. We are only concerned with the Article that permits the formation of the separate state of Gorkhaland,” said the GJMM assistant general secretary Mr Binay Tamang.
Mr Tamang also refused to acknowledge Union finance minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee’s recent statement against the possibility of the creation of Gorkhaland.
“Mr Mukherjee is not larger than the Constitution. If the Constitution allows the provision for a separate state, no one can stop its formation,” Mr Tamang said.

Source: The Statesman

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