WB govt for more autonomy for Darjeeling Hills

Ruling out a separate state of Gorkhaland, the West Bengal government on Sunday said that the Left Front was “in principle” against any fragmentation of the state but preferred more autonomy for the Darjeeling Hills.

“The Left parties are, in principle, opposed to the creation of smaller states, be it Gorkhaland, Vidarbha, Telangana etc,” Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharya said reporters, ruling out the  fulfillment of the demand of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).

Bhattacharya, who was here to attend a meeting of the CPI-M’s state committee meeting, said the stand of the West Bengal government has been consistent that it was opposed to the creation of a separate state out of West Bengal.

All mainstream political parties of West Bengal have adopted a resolution in the state assembly opposing the fragmentation of the state on any ground, he said and claimed that even the Centre was not favourably disposed to the idea of carving out of more smaller states in the country.

Referring to a proposed tripartite talks, involving the Centre, West Bengal government and the GJM, on the sensitive statehood issue, Bhattacharya hoped that the “just” demands of the people of Darjeeling hills and adjoining regions would be addressed.

On the Left Front’s vision for redressal of the grievances of the Darjeeling hills, he said the state government would like a speedy socio-economic development of the hill region which may be expedited by giving more autonomy to the Darjeeling Hills Development Council (DGHC). (Newsx)

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