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Rajnath draws Mamata's ire for meeting elusive GJM leader Giri


Kolkata, Sept 20: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh meeting GJM general secretary Roshan Giri, against whom a lookout has been issued, did not seem to go down too well with Mamata Banerjee. The West Bengal Chief Minister said she would not have met Giri if she in his place.

Mamata Banerjee

"I know that a lookout notice was issued against him (Roshan Giri). When a lookout notice is there, then generally it (meeting the person against whom it has been issued) should not be done," Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat today.

A delegation of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which has been spearheading an agitation for a separate Gorkhaland, had met Singh yesterday.

Accompanied by the BJP's Lok Sabha member from Darjeeling, S S Ahluwalia, they had met Singh and sought tripartite talks involving the Centre, West Bengal government and the GJM to resolve the festering Gorkhaland issue. Giri was said to be in the delegation.

"The post of the Home Minister is a constitutional post. They are doing what they consider is right. But if I was in their place, I would not have done so," she said.

Asked about the delay in arresting Giri, she said police would do that at the first opportunity. The state CID had earlier this month issued lookout notices against three GJM leaders - its supremo Bimal Gurung, leader Prakash Gurung, besides Giri.


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