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Hills jittery over CM message

Siliguri, Aug. 19: Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s prescription of “showing patience for peace” has not gone down well with a section of CPM leaders in Darjeeling.

During his visit here last week, Bhattacharjee had asked the party leaders and supporters to be patient and not to foment any trouble with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha members.

“We will abide by the party’s stand, even if we face several inconveniences,” said Tara Sundas, a CPM leader from Kalimpong. “We have already started disseminating the instruction to the rank and file in the hills.”

Since March, CPM leaders in the hills have been facing opposition like — confinement, disconnection of water connection and threats to family members — from the members of the hill party.

Some other CPM leaders in the hills were not happy about Bhattacharjee’s soft stance.

“We expected some specific assurance from the chief minister that steps would be taken against those who had been harassing us. He, however, did not make any such promise that could have instilled confidence among us who are even facing social boycotts,” one of them said.

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