GJM calls series of strikes in Darjeeling
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The Trinamool Congress appealed to the GJM to refrain from calling bandhs. "The GTA has been democratically elected and it should work for the development of the Hills. Bandhs cannot solve any problem. We appeal to the GJM to refrain from calling any strike and sit across the table," Gautam Deb, Minister for North Bengal Development, told The Indian Express.
The CPM, meanwhile, criticised the state government, saying they had invited trouble in the Hills. "The Hills are not smiling as claimed by the chief minister. When we were in power they indulged in destructive agitations and that time the Trinamool Congress supported them. The chief minister showed great intolerance, encroached upon the territory of the GTA. She in fact invited the trouble the Hills are in now. It is very unfortunate," Ashok Bhattacharya, former Left Front minister who is from Siliguri, said.
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