Sunday, June 05, 2011

“People of Darjeeling should get justice”: Dr.Pawan Chamling

Temi (South Sikkim): Sikkim Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling on Friday, June 3, expressed his high hopes that the long pending problems of Darjeeling people will be solved from the new government of West Bengal under leadership of Mamata Banerjee.
“I will tell this much that the problems of Darjeeling people are very old and I am very optimistic that they will be solved under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee. She is meeting with leaders from Darjeeling and this is a correct step”, said Dr. Chamling in an interaction with media at Temi tea garden, 70 kms from Gangtok.
Responding to a question on Gorkhaland issue, the Chief Minister reminded that Sikkim Legislative Assembly had earlier this year passed a resolution in favour of the separate Statehood demand of the Darjeeling people.
“The demand of Darjeeling people is a separate State and we had passed a resolution. Until and unless the problems of Darjeeling people are solved, there will be no solution on NH 31A issue. Hence the resolution is the interest of Darjeeling and Sikkim people”.
The 96 kms NH 31A is the lifeline of the landlocked State of Sikkim, 54 kms of which falls along the Kalimpong subdivision of West Bengal and vulnerable to blockades during any political disturbance in the Darjeeling hills.
“Now what is to be done is that the West Bengal government and Mamata Banarjee must take a decision. We aspire for peace and progress in Darjeeling hills. The people of Darjeeling should get justice. This is want I want as an Indian citizen”, said Chamling.
While extending his good wishes to the Trinamool Congress leader, Chamling said that his Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government will talk to her on ensuring undisrupted traffic on NH 31A.
“We will talk with her on better coordination about NH 31A, the lifeline of Sikkim. We will work together not only on NH 31A but both Sikkim and West Bengal governments can do much work together in many areas like tourism, hydro power and law”, said the Chief Minister.

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