Normal life continued to be severely disrupted in the Darjeeling hills of West Bengal on Monday because of an indefinite strike by the principal party of the region — the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF). Earlier supporters of the rival Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM) allegedly attacked one of its senior leaders on November 23.
West Bengal chief minister Buddadeb Bhattacharjee today said that the CPI(M) would guard against creation of a Nandigram-like similar situation anywhere in the state. Mr. Bhattacharjee made the comment when addressing an open session of the Darjeeling district conference of the CPI-M. He criticized the parties which opposed the GNLF and demanded a separate Gorkhaland. He said recognition of Darjeeling Hill Council under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution was the only solution for the hills.