They might not be in agreement on policy but it would give the Left parties in Opposition no satisfaction to see the State Government frustrated in its efforts to ensure peace in the Darjeeling hills, said Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra here on Thursday.

 

The State Government should not be sending the wrong message by unilaterally announcing development projects in a region on issues that are under the jurisdiction of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), added Dr. Mishra who is also a member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

“The GTA has the right to know what is being planned (by the State Government), he said, adding that the Left was concerned about the developments in Darjeeling hills. “We want peace and unity among the people there. None should do or say anything that might stir up trouble.”

“We do not want a tactical approach for the Darjeeling issue for immediate political gains for this party or that party,” said veteran leader of the Communist Party of India A. B. Bardhan elsewhere in the city.

“The ruling party (Trinamool Congress) struck a comprise only to defeat the Left Front Government; it was even claimed that the problem was solved. The GTA agreement was hurriedly passed for narrow political gains. Now, instead of smiles, we are faced with a situation when red and angry eyes are being shown at each other”, he added.

The GJM leadership has accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of a “divide-and-rule” approach in the hills and taken strong exception to her decision to set up development councils for the Lepchas and the Buddhist community.

“Whatever is planned (for the region) should be as per the GTA Act, not by excluding the GTA. It should be a collective approach otherwise the message will be conveyed that the State Government is dividing the people there,” Dr. Mishra said.