GJM rules out demand for separate state
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 16:29
  
Kolkata: In what could be music to the ears of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, currently on a visit to Darjeeling, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha on Tuesday virtually ruled out the demand for the creation of a separate state as is being asked for by Telangana protesters.

"Telangana has a different perspective and Darjeeling has a different perspective," GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri told PTI from Darjeeling.

The issue of Telangana and the issue of Darjeeling though on the same lines have to be viewed differently," he said when asked about his party's response if the Centre agreed to a separate Telangana state.

Earlier, the GJM had insisted that if there could be a separate state of Telangana, there should also be a separate state of Gorkhaland.

"We can survive together and we can live in the state," GJM central committee MLA and the party MLA from Kalimpong Harka Bahadur Chhetri added referring to the people in Darjeeling hills and adjoining plain areas in Siliguri and Jalpaiguri district in North Bengal.

"Mamata Banerjee is a woman who works. We believe her," Chetri said.

Referring to the previous Left Front rule, he alleged an attempt was made to create a division between the people of the hills and the plains.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 16:29


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