December 25, 2008

Buddhadeb rules out Gorkhaland

Jalpaiguri (WB), Dec 24, 2008: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said his government will not bow down to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's (GJM) pressure for separate Gorkhaland."The GJM leadership in Darjeeling hills wants to divide the state. But, we do not want it and it will not happen. We have asked its leadership for talks and they will sit in a tripartite talks on December 29," Bhattacharjee told a rally here.
He invited the GJM leadership to take part in elections and said "those who would come to power by election will rule the Hills." Citing the example of Kamtapuri rebels of north Bengal, Bhattacharjee said, "The local Rajbanshi youths took up arms and went to the jungle. We have initiated talks with them and most of them have returned to the mainstream. A few are based in Bangladesh only."

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