Siliguri, Aug. 9: CPM leader Asok Bhattacharya today said the Centre should call an all-party meeting to resolve the impasse in the hills and review the GTA pact as many “questions” had been raised against the hill body.
“We want the central government to convene an all-party meeting immediately. Such a step is necessary to break the deadlock as the state government is considering the hill issue as a mere law and order problem and trying to curb the movement by using force,” Bhattacharya said at the CPM party office in Siliguri today.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's indefinite strike entered its seventh day today.
“The Centre and the state should also take up the task of reviewing the GTA agreement as questions have been raised on certain issues pertaining to the body. There are provisions within the agreement for such a review. The state is yet to abide by some clauses, including recruitment of youths into police, paramilitary and armed forces,” he said.
Before signing the GTA pact, the state government had assured the Morcha that the GLP cadres would be absorbed into the security forces.
Section 30 of the agreement states: “The GTA youth would be considered for recruitment in the Police, Army and Paramilitary forces subject to their suitability for such appointment.”
Section 31 of the pact states: “The implementation of the provision of the Memorandum of Agreement shall be periodically reviewed by a committee....” Two review meetings have been held so far.
Bhattacharya said the recent arrests would complicate the situation. Around 150 Morcha leaders, workers and GLP cadres have been arrested.
“The state is incorrectly assessing the movement as the one by the Maoist and adopting the same strategy of using police and administration to curb it. Such a wrong move would only complicate the situation. The state should persuade the Morcha to withdraw the strike and refrain from any move which can fuel the fire,” Bhattacharya said.