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CM announces withdrawal of 115 criminal cases against GJM activists

KOLKATA/ DARJEELING : Ahead of next year's assembly elections, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has announced withdrawal of 115 criminal cases against the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha. GJM had won all three assembly seats from the hills, while the BJP won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat. Trinamool Congress hardly has any presence in the hills. "Our government has decided to withdraw 115 criminal cases against GJM activists. All such cases were filed during the previous Left Front government. The chief secretary and home secretary are in talks with the GJM leadership on this issue. Most of the cases are related to law violations by GJM activists," chief minister told a gathering in Darjeeling on Tuesday. 

GJM MLA and party leader Harka Baharadur Chhetri welcomed the decision."We welcome chief minister's decision to withdraw cases filed against our activists during the previous Left Front government regime," Chhetri told ET on Thursday, but a senior GJM leader expressed displeasure as the chief minister remained silent about withdrawal of cases filed against activists during her regime. "The chief minister did nothing great. Withdrawal of petty cases against our activists was our demand and this particular demand had been accepted when the tripartite agreement was signed in July 2011. The Centre, the state government and the GJM had signed an agreement when it was decided that minor criminal cases against our men will be withdrawn by the government to ensure peace and stability in Darjeeling Hills. Mamata Banerjee remained silent about this demand and now she has announced this  . has announced this because she knows that elections in Bengal will take place next year and her party wants to contest all three assembly seats in Darjeeling," said a senior GJM leader on condition of anonymity.

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