CM may take steps against GJMM’s threat to boycott taxes

SILIGURI, April 30: The Darjeeling district CPI-M leadership today claimed here that chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has promised stern administrative measures against Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha’s threat to boycott central and state taxes and disrupt power supply in the Hills and the plains.It may be mentioned here that the GJMM leader Mr Bimal Gurung announced a government tax boycott and BSNL and electricity bill boycott programme in the Darjeeling Hills and threatened to disrupt power supply from various Hill-based power projects to the plains as a protest against the state’s denial to grant permission to the GJMM to hold a rally in Siliguri. CPI-M leaders Mr Ananda Pathak and party state committee member Mr Jibesh Sarkar today condemned the “terror tactics” being applied by the GJMM, especially on the CPI-M activists in the Hills. “ The GJMM has let loose a reign of terror in the name of a democratic movement. The Opposition, especially those connected with the CPI-M are being threatened and money is being extorted from the common people,” Mr Ananda Pathak alleged. Coming down heavily on the GJMM Mr Sarkar said that the threat of disrupting power lines was part of a premeditated conspiracy to provoke a Hill-plain conflagration. “The chief minister has taken serious note of the threat along with the threat of boycotting central and state taxes. He has assured of strict administrative measures to curb such ‘infantile act’ on the part of GJMM,” Mr Sarkar added. Slamming the Congress’s ambivalent stand on the demand of Gorkhaland, the CPI-M leader said that the party was indulging in double standards with the Congress MP from Darjeeling Mr Dawa Narbula persistently advocating the Gorkhaland theory and the party leadership downplaying the issue by branding it Mr Narbula’s personal opinion. “This is a dangerous game and a national party like the Congress should come clear on the issue,” Mr Sarkar stated. (The Statesman)

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