Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee on Sunday ruled out division of the state and
condemned violence in the hills by proponents of Gorkhaland.
Without naming Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which is agitating
for establishing a separate state of Gorkhaland in the three
sub-divisions of Darjeeling and adjoining Dooars and Terai,
the Chief Minister told a Left Front rally here, "Darjeeling
is on fire, but we will not allow division of West Bengal.
"We will not bow to the acts of vandals who are damaging
roads and setting vehicles on fire."
Accusing Trinamool Congress of remaining silent on the
violent activities of the GJM, he said, "Trinamool Congress
has found a new friend in GJM. It is keeping mum and is not
saying anything with an eye on getting votes in areas where
the GJM has support. It wants to have GJM as a poll ally."
The latest trouble in Darjeeling followed the death of
two GJM supporters in police firing during a clash between
the women`s wing of the GJM and the police in the Dooars on