Kolkata: Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Surya Kant Mishra has decided to boycott the July 18 tripartite meeting on the issue of Darjeeling Hills involving the Centre, the State government and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).

Mishra made his view clear about the meeting which aims at establishing a new elected administrative body for Darjeeling hills. He said, “Government kept the party in dark about the tripartite meeting. Not a single party was communicated about it. Neither the public was made aware about their memorandum of agreement for holding meeting.”

“In the memorandum, the name Gorkhaland Territorial Administration has been proposed in place of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), which is very sensitive. No official information about this was given by government,” Mishra said.

He added that Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Partha Chatterjee has sent invitation to join the meeting but mentioned nothing about the agenda of the meeting. Mishra justified his decision of boycotting the meeting stating that he foresees a demand of separate state in the memorandum of agreement.

Comparing the former Left Front government and the present government strategies on the Darjeeling hills issue, Mishra said that during several tripartite meetings held by the Left government the matter of DGHC was about to be solved, but assembly polls interrupted it.

“On the other hand, the present government has completely ignored the efforts of the former government and has included controversial Dooars region in the memorandum which would create new problems,” Mishra added.

(JPN/Bureau)