New Delhi, 14 August: Trinamul Congress members today took strong exception to BJP member Jaswant Singh’s plea for a political solution to the Gorkhaland issue in the Lok Sabha. TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee was particularly aggressive and threatened to move into the well raising slogans of, “Shame, shame Jaswant Singh,” forcing the Speaker Mrs Meira Kumar to adjourn the House during Zero Hour till 2 p.m.
Mr Banerjee accused Mr Singh of trying to divide West Bengal. Mr Singh is the Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling, where a major section of locals are seeking a separate state of Gorkhaland.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Mr Singh said the Centre should help arrive at an amicable settlement of the Gorkhaland issue by ensuring talks among all concerned as part of the tripartite agreement between the Centre, the state government and the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM).
An urgent resolution of the issue is necessary as the area is witnessing a bandh for the past 11 days, he said, adding that the Centre should call the GJMM leaders and state representatives for talks soon. sns