WB govt against tripartite talks with GJM

The West Bengal Govt said it was not in favour of tripartite talks with the GJM on Gorkhaland issue, saying it has lost the people`s mandate after the public outcry against it over the killing of AIGL president Madan Tamang.

Last Updated: May 24, 2010, 21:51 PM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal Government today
said it was not in favour of tripartite talks with the Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Gorkhaland issue, saying it has lost
the people`s mandate after the public outcry against it over
the killing of AIGL president Madan Tamang.

"After the massive turnout of common people yesterday for
the candlelight march against Tamang`s killing and at his
funeral today, it is clear that the GJM has lost the people`s
mandate. So it is useless to hold talks with them," Municipal
Affairs Minister Ashok Bhattacharya told newsmen here.

The minister, who met Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee to brief him about the present situation in
Darjeeling, said the latter too did not want the GJM in the
talks, but had pointed that it was up to the Centre to take a
decision on it.

"The Chief Minister told me that the culprits will not be
spared. The administration and police are being strengthened.
More police forces are being sent. The government will take
full responsibility to ensure security of the people in the
hills. In keeping with their demand, a high-level enquiry has
also begun," Bhattacharya said.

He, however, ruled out GNLF MLA Shanta Chhetri`s demand
for a CBI enquiry, saying that it was not the sole high-level
investigative agency.

-PTI