Mamata accuses centre of vendetta politics over Gorkhaland

Kolkata, Sep 5 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday accused the Congress-led central government of indulging in "vendetta politics" over Gorkhaland following union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's meeting with the GJM leaders earlier this week.

Banerjee also accused the central government for creating unrest in the Darjeeling hills by giving oxygen to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leadership which is carrying an intensified separatist stir in the state's Darjeeling hills.

"The prime minister had assured me that there will be no meeting with GJM without our consent. Then why this meeting? Why there is politics of vendetta? The centre has its own jurisdiction which it should not cross," Banerjee told media persons here.

She read out excerpts from a letter which she claimed was written by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assuring her that there will no meetings with the GJM leadership without informing the state government.

A GJM delegation Tuesday met Shinde and later claimed that the home minister has assured it of tripartite talks to resolve the Gorkhaland issue.

Banerjee warned both the central government as well as the GJM against disturbing peace in the Darjeeling hills.

"Just for the sake of electoral and political benefits those who are indulging in vendetta politics, the people of Bengal will give them a befitting reply. Hooliganism will not be allowed. It is not the solution to any problem," she added.

--IANS (Posted on 05-09-2013)

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