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CM’s treason volley at Cong

Saydabad Tea Estate, March 29: Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today lashed out at the Congress, accusing it of treason and maintaining double standards on Gorkhaland.

Bhattacharjee, who addressed a workers’ meet at a primary school grounds 33km from Siliguri this morning, said: “The Congress leaders are making anti-Gorkhaland comments in the plains and giving pro-Gorkhaland statements in the hills to appease the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and to gain political mileage. Theirs is a double standard and we consider it to be treason. The Congress should come forward and openly assert its stand.”

“I will request all voters of the Darjeeling parliamentary constituency to wait for a couple of days for a clear picture of the Congress’s inclination. The party, much like the Trinamul Congress, is encouraging division of the state for votes. It is important that people reply back to such intentions,” he added.

Trinamul was also supporting the Maoists since they were killing CPM workers and leaders, the chief minister said. “We have been observing these activities… we don’t want to see the hills in flames again or witness another uprising like the Naxalbari movement which claimed hundreds of lives.”

Requesting the tribal population to remain calm, he assured them that neither the Dooars nor Siliguri would be included in Gorkhaland, the new state for which the Morcha has been agitating. “The parliamentary election in the Darjeeling seat has become a cause of concern as well as interest. We are desperate to keep peace in north Bengal and don’t want it to be another Assam. To the (Morcha) leaders in hills, we want to say the creation of a smaller state does not solve problems. After the formation of Jharkhand, the condition of residents there has worsened and not improved,” he said.

Bhattacharjee told reporters after the meeting that the government was aware of the Morcha’s extorting money from the gardens. “We have information and Asok (Bhattacharya) too, has some specific inputs. We are looking into them.”

Labelling the BJP a “poisonous serpent”, the chief minister said on Varun Gandhi: “He has become the face of the party now… I cannot say whether he should be allowed to contest the elections but politically speaking, he should be rejected by the people.”

About the Congress-Trinamul alliance in the state, Bhattacharjee said: “We don’t think it will affect us. Instead, the Congress would lose seats.”

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