Siliguri, Aug. 28: Congress minister Deepa Das Munshi today said her party did not support the Gorkhaland demand and Congress leaders from Bengal would request the Union home minister to call a tripartite meeting with the state and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
“The state Congress leaders will soon approach the Union home minister, and if required, the Prime Minister, urging them to hold a tripartite meeting on the Darjeeling hills issue. The meeting has to be convened with the state and Morcha for review of the GTA agreement,” said Congress MP and Union minister of state for urban development, Deepa Das Munshi.
“We would also request the Centre to interfere and end the ongoing impasse in the hills.”
Deepa said her party did not endorse the demand for Gorkhaland but was keen to see that the Centre and state duly addressed the grievances of the Morcha with regard to the GTA agreement.
“Our party is against the Gorkhaland demand but wants an amicable solution through talks,” she said.
Deepa mentioned that the Congress wanted the indefinite strike in the hills to end.
“We have told Bimal Gurung several times that there can be sentiments on the (Gorkhaland) issue, but the priority should be development of people and the region. Any fresh tension would only delay the development process and thus, they should immediately withdraw the strike,” she said.
Deepa also blamed Trinamul for resorting to repression and for indiscriminate arrests in the hills.
“We feel that it was unwise on the part of the state to arrest so many people, including Morcha leaders, with reference old cases filed against them.Those arrested, should be immediately released,” she added.