AIGL criticises GJMM

Statesman News ServiceDARJEELING, June 9: The All India Gorkha League today described the GJMM’s indefinite bandh in the three hill sub-divisions as an act of “political impotence”. The bandh has been called to protest against the hostilities at Bagdogra yesterday.“If the GJMM activists were pelted with stones at Bagdogra, they should have retaliated on the spot. Why cause inconvenience to the public in the Darjeeling hills by convening a bandh?” questioned the AIGL president Mr Madan Tamang. Moreover, it does not suit the GJMM to raise hue and cry for democracy when it resorts to “coercive method” in the hills, he added. According to the AIGL leader, the ongoing disagreement between the GJMM and the CPI-M-led state government over permission to hold a public meeting at Naxalbari is just a “ploy” to gain ground by the two parties in their respective areas. “It is a give and take relationship that they share. As the parliamentary elections are approaching, state urban development minister Mr Asok Bhattacharya is trying to win over Bengali sentiments by preventing GJMM activities in the plains. But the GJMM president Mr Bimal Gurung has become a hero in the hills by calling strikes in protest,” Mr Tamang said. Meanwhile, the CPI-M leadership blamed the GJMM for being perpetrators of the Bagdogra incident yesterday. “The GJMM is the instigator of yesterday’s violence. It is their strategy to disrupt communal harmony in the plains. The government should take immediate action against the wrong-doers,” said CPI-M central secretariat member Mr KB Wattar.

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