Kolkata, 25 October
While giving a back-handed compliment to chief minister Mamata Banerjee for her “bold” political and developmental initiatives in Darjeeling that have dealt a body blow to Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha’s agitation for a separate state, a section of the CPI-M leadership today said the “selfish” interests of a few party leaders during the Left Front regime had come in the way of decisive steps against the demand for statehood.
The Marxists’ failure to tackle Maoists in the Junglemahal area was attributed to similar "selfish" interests of some party leaders in south Bengal.
The government first engaged the GJMM leadership in development work by setting up the Gorkha Territorial Administration. Later, “rough and tough” posturing by the chief minister and a series of arrests of GJMM leaders and activists and pay-cut for agitating state employees forced the GJMM leadership to buckle, felt CPI-M leaders.
GJMM Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri today announced the party had decided not to go for any further agitation. CPI-M leaders also felt the way Miss Banerjee tackled the hill and Junglemahal issues will give her extra mileage in the Lok Sabha polls.