The state had to swallow the Centres bitter pill of tripartite talks on the Darjeeling issue in Delhi on July 24. But the partys Darjeeling unit vehemently opposed the idea on Sunday,saying it will strengthen the hands of those who are indulging in the politics of destruction and mayhem.
The hands of those coming to attend the talks from Darjeeling (the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) are smeared with blood of Madan Tamang, said Saman Pathak,CPM Rajya Sabha member from Darjeeling,at a press conference at Siliguri. Their names are there in the FIR lodged after the murder of the respected leader. The talks can be held only after the perpetrators of the heinous crime are brought to justice.
On Saturday,Home Secretary Samar Ghosh said in Kolkata that the meeting was called by the Centre and it had no other option but to attend it. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee would select those who would represent the state government at the talks.
According to political circles,the situation will be extremely embarrassing for Ashok Bhattacharya,Minister for Urban Development,who in all likelihood will be nominated for the talks.
Bhattacharya,who had represented the state government in the earlier round of tripartite talk in Delhi,had demanded on Friday that GJM leaders Bimal Gurung and general secretary Roshan Giri be arrested,following The Indian Express report of their complicity in Tamangs murder.
Patak also said that all agitations will have to be withdrawn before talks are held.
On the one hand you are holding agitations and bandhs and on the other,you are attending talks. How can this be tolerated? he said. And we also demand that for the next round of talks,not only the GJM but other major outfits of the hills be called.
At a meeting held on Sunday,the Gorkha League,meanwhile,took a resolution opposing the tripartite talks.
Lakshman Pradhan,spokesman for the Gorkha League,said: Instead of solving the Tamang murder case,talks have been convened. Now that The Indian Express has made it clear who are the culprits,how can the Central government call those very people for talks? And this time they should call us too,along with other major outfits of the hills.