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GJM remark signals bifurcation of State: Biman

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CPI (M) wants contents of the “official-level agreement” to be made public

KOLKATA: Left Front Committee chairman Biman Bose on Thursday said the assertions by Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leaders that the recently signed “official-level agreement” with the State Government was the “foundation of Gorkhaland” signalled “the bifurcation of West Bengal.”

Wondering whether in view of such remarks the agreement paved the way towards any sort of solution to the political crisis in the Darjeeling hills, Mr. Bose, who is also the State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said the people were in the dark as to its contents.

“What is the agreement about? What is the road map, what will the boundaries [of the new set-up] be, none but they [the signatories to the agreement] know.”

Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra, who is also a member of the CPI(M)'s Central Committee, reiterated his demand that the agreement be made public.

‘Only three hill

sub-divisions'

The Left Front will welcome a solution to the crisis in the Darjeeling hills, but shall oppose any move to include areas beyond the three hill sub-divisions within the territorial jurisdiction of the proposed body, Mr. Mishra said.

Mr. Bose, who was speaking to journalists shortly after a meeting of the Left Front Committee, said it was decided there that a detailed review of the results of the Assembly elections would be made collectively only after the constituent parties completed their assessments.

“What the parties have completed is an absolutely preliminary review of the results. Only after a detailed review, based on facts and figures, will the Left Front together make a detailed review on the matter,” he said.

It has been decided to set up a Left Front coordination committee, comprising the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, the deputy leader, the chief whip and a legislator from each of the parties, for better coordination among Left MLAs when the Assembly is in session.

In view of the fact that more than half of the 61 Left Front MLAs are first-time legislators a workshop would be held to apprise them of their role in the Opposition, Mr. Bose said.

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