Kolkata, Oct 32 (IANS) Terming the ongoing Gorkhaland agitation as an attempt to split West Bengal into small parts, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Thursday urged the people to unitedly protest against the ‘unscrupulous elements’ who were trying to disturb the state’s integrity.
‘The non-cooperation movement of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has now become a state of lawlessness. Some bad elements, both in the hills and the plains, are trying to disturb the law and order and social fabric of the hills. All political parties and more over people from different strata should come forward and protest against these ill-attempts,’ CPI-M state secretary Biman Bose told a press conference here.
He said the GJM movement in Darjeeling was affecting the local people and the tourism, which is the main source of living in that region.
‘This year, during pujas, the tourist arrivals have gone down substantially,’ he added.
Criticising the demand that three West Bengal districts – Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore – be included in the neighbouring Jharkhand, he said: ‘These evil attempts can only be defeated if people can stand up against these type of demands.’
Bose also condemned the Maharastra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) attack on north Indian students who had gone to sit for a railway board exam in Maharastra.