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‘No point in talks if GJMM continues stir’

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 23, 2009

KOLKATA, 22 JULY: The tripartite talks scheduled in August will be rendered futile if the GJMM continues the ongoing strike in the Hills, the state urban development minister and CPI-M MLA from Siliguri, Mr Asok Bhattacharya said today.
Mr Bhattacharya also said that he had informed the chief minister and the home secretary about his “personal opinion” on the issue. However, the minister skirted the issue of linking the talks with calling off the strike in the Hills. Incidentally the state government has already appealed to GJMM about calling off the strike.
“The tripartite talks will be fruitful if only they call off this strike which has led to the total shutdown. They cannot threaten us on gun point. Enough is enough.The state government’s patience should not be construed as weakness,” said Mr Bhattachrya.
“Apart from the NH 31A leading to Sikkim the GJMM should also be convinced to keep the other roads free, particularly in case of Dooars which has been cut off as well,” he added. GJMM has agreed to the decision of keeping the national highway out of the limits of the strike.
The home secretary, Mr Ardhendu Sen said GJMM was considering its request but refused to set any precondition to the talks saying, “The problem cannot be solved by calling off the talks.” Asked whether the state government wanted Mr Subash Ghisingh to be brought out of the political wilderness the minister said: “Mr Ghisingh is far more responsible than Mr Bimal Gurung.”

Source:-The Statesman


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