STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Siliguri, 25 October
Seemingly mystified by the state government&’s success in taking on the recalcitrant GJMM and ensuring right ambience for the
multi-party democratic engagement in the Darjeeling Hills by applying a carrot and stick strategy, the CPI-M state secretary Mr Biman Bose today put up a defence of the erstwhile Left Front government&’s Hill policy.
“The ground situations obtaining then and now are different. The previous government defined its strategy in keeping with the obtaining situations and the present one is acting on a situation that is different. It is thus unjustified to compare the two,” he said in Siliguri today. 
“The differences relate to two distinct viewpoints and two objective/ subjective situations. The Telangana statehood crisis has added a new spin to the stir here. The issue was there when the Left Front government was in power. But things are fundamentally different now,” he said.
It is learnt that the Darjeeling district CPI-M would request several parties
operating in the Hills to participate in the programme the party would organise in Darjeeling next month to mark the birth
centenary of Jyoti Basu.
“We would invite all the local parties from the Hills. Even those representing the GTA would be invited. The CPI-M Politburo
member, Mr Sitaram Yechury is expected to attend,” said the former state urban development minister and party&’s point-man for the Hills, Mr Asok Bhattacharya.