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    West Bengal not averse to tripartite talks: Buddhadeb

    Kolkata (PTI): The West Bengal government on Tuesday suggested it was not averse to a tripartite meeting with Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, which is spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, and the Centre on the Darjeeling issue and made an unconditional offer of talks with the Gorkha group.

    Asked if the government would be ready to discuss a separate Gorkhaland state as demanded by GJM, the Chief Minister told reporters here after an all-party meeting that "in my earlier letter to GJM for talks, we did not set any condition. We still do not have any pre-condition."

    Bhattacharjee said he would inform the Centre about the outcome of Tuesday's meeting and ask the political parties which attended the meeting to make efforts in initiating dialogues with the GJM for a solution.

    In reply to a question, Bhattacharjee said that he did not have any objection to a bipartite or triparite meeting with the GJM.

    "We want a solution to the problem, be it through a bipartite or tripartite meeting. But this requires preparation of the ground. For this, there is a greater need to exchange views with the Centre as also with the agitators," the Chief Minister said.

    Appealing to GJM to call off its indefinite bandh in Darjeeling Hills, he said "we will have to stand together and convince the leaders of GJM that bandhs will not solve any problem. What we need is a political dialogue."

    He said the meeting, attended by the Congrees, BJP and Left Front partners, unanimously resolved to find a political solution to the impasse through dialogue "with patience and tolerance."


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