The Communist Party of India, on Thursday, blamed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for the “violent” stir for a separate Gorkhaland state, saying her “unnecessary promise” earlier was the cause for the fresh round of protests.
“Unnecessarily, Mamata Banerjee has given them some sort of hope on statehood earlier. That’s the reason it (the agitation) has again come up,” CPI General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy.
“Real issue is: unnecessarily, promise given by her (on statehood)…and I think that created this kind of problem,” he said.
“Otherwise, during the Left Front government (in the past in West Bengal), this (agitation for separate Gorkhaland State) was not violent, except for one time.”
He said the Left parties were opposed to the statehood demand from the very beginning.
Reddy further added that there can be the scope of negotiation with the agitators “even for (according) some more rights, self-governing acts, but not for a separate state. There can be a dialogue after some time when things cool down,” he said.
It is to be noted that the party has called for an indefinite strike after the police action. Darjeeling to witness violence on Thursday, with the GJM’s youth wing Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha (GJYM) announcing a rally in the town against police lathi charge and the arrest of its members. A rally is being organised at Kalimpong in protest against the police action.