Mamata ruled out possibilities of Bengal division

Next meeting on 16th October at Kolkata
Report by: 
Prashant Acharya
SILIGURI
12 Sep 2017

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee once again ruled out the possibilities of Bengal’s division and said that she will decide about attending tripartite meeting only after 3rd round of meeting at Nabanna on 16th October.
After the bipartite meeting Banerjee said, “The strike should withdraw to bring normalcy in hills, we all love hills, the government wants peace in hills, but presently tripartite meeting is not possible, it will be decided only after third meeting at Nabana on 16th October.”
The meeting held at Uttarkanya near Siliguri was attended by five political parties from hills including Morcha’s two MLAs from Kalimpong and Darjeeling.
Since all the political parties from the hills focused on tripartite meeting for Gorkhaland, Banerjee said, “Bengal can’t be divided but if they want anything other than this I am ready for that. Tripartite meeting right now is not possible because GTA’s elected members have chosen to dissolve it. The state government will have to consult legal provisions before a tripartite talk.”
Mamata also appealed hill stakeholders to lift the strike and will start high level investigation in the alleged terrorism in hills.
Binay Tamang the ‘expelled’ Morcha leader said, “We will not tolerate violent politics in hills, we have submitted 17 point demand deputation before chief minister. On behalf of Morcha, he demanded tripartite talks on Gorkhaland must be initiated by the Bengal government at the earliest and high level judicial inquiry into the deaths caused to the police action and compensation for the family members of victims. 
JAP chief Harka Bahadur Chhetri said, “We demand tripartite talk for the separate state of Gorkhaland and fulfill the aspiration of people of hills. GTA is already rejected to the chapter should be closed.  We are indebted to the chief minister for listening to us, the process has started and hope to reach to some concrete solution after the meeting at Nabanna.”
Darjeeling MLA Amar Rai said, “Tripartite meeting is must, our main goal is Gorkhaland, so administration should take necessary steps to bring back peace in hills as people are suffering since long.”
Interestingly in today’s meeting Akhil Bharatya Gorkha League (ABGL) leaders headed by Bharati Tamang were also present today.
The meeting that lasted for around two hours was attended by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, two minister Aroop Biswas and Gautam Deb including seven member delegation of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) consist of Binay Tamang, Anit Thapa, Tshering Dahal, and others. Harka Bahadur Chhetri leaded Jan Andolan Party (JAP) members and Maan Ghishing, Niraj Zimba, Mahendra Chhetri, others from Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), Binny Tamang and Rajen Mukhia from Hill Trinamool Congress.