Darjeeling: Days after the meetings between the Chief Ministers of Bengal and Sikkim, Binay Tamang, Chairman, Board of Administrators, GTA, along with Vice-Chairman Anit Thapa met Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling.
Chamling stated: “We have decided to bury the past and give a new beginning to our relationship by providing full support and cooperation to each other for the progress and prosperity of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills.
Welcoming Tamang’s decision that there would be no more political disturbance in the Hills in future, I have suggested that they should bring in the ‘revolution of development’ instead of resorting to violence and bandhs, which will only result in destruction.
Additionally, I reiterated our stand that the government of Sikkim will never meddle in the affairs of Bengal and Darjeeling Hills.”
“In the meeting we agreed that the two states will not interfere in the internal matters of each other and will not harbour or aid any anti-social element wanted in police cases in the other state,” added Tamang.
The GTA will also hold a meeting with Railway officials in Darjeeling on April 4 to resolve the land impasse to get the Sevok Rongpu railway link through. Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills will take up certain issues jointly with the Central government, such as tribal status for 11 left out communities, overhead stations for the upcoming railway line and construction of towers of hydel projects.