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Pranab rules out division of WB

Union Finance Minister and WBPCC President Pranab Mukheree ruled out any further division of West Bengal on Sunday.

india Updated: Jul 19, 2009 20:26 IST

Union Finance Minister and WBPCC President Pranab Mukheree ruled out any further division of West Bengal on Sunday.

"There is no question of any further division of Bengal, " Mukherjee told reporters when asked about the indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling Hills by the GJM demanding creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland.

The minister said no problem could be solved by force and hoped that the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) would call off its indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling Hills.

"The Centre has called for a tripartite talks with the GJM and the West Bengal government to discuss the demands made by the GJM on August 24, he said.

"I hope that the GJM would participate in the talks to sort out the problems," Mukherjee added.