Need support from all to develop Darjeeling: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her visit to Darjeeling on Tuesday said that the region could develop only if everyone worked together. Banerjee is visiting Darjeeling after 7 months.

"All of us should work together if the cause is good. Darjeeling can develop but for that we all need to put our efforts together, work in tandem and ensure that there is peace here," she said after renaming Rohini Road as Subash Ghisingh Marg. The road from Simulbari to Kurseong has been named after Ghishing who was the founder of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) in 1980.

Referring to the troubles that broke at the hills she said, "After our government came to power, I used to come to the hills once in every two months. Today I have come after seven months. There were some disturbances because of which not only me but no one could come to the hills. Darjeeling has been an inseparable part of the country and the state. We will try to deliver what you want but for that we all need to work together, peacefully. Fighting is easy. It can be done in one second. I always want the hills to smile," she said.

As she unveiled the plaque on the occasion, she said it was a temporary one and it would be replaced by a permanent one. On behalf of the state government she assured all help to Darjeeling and said, "I will not ask for any share but will like to see all of you living in peace here." Also present at the occasion was Binay Tamang, chairman of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and Mann Ghisingh, president of GNLF.

Mamata’s visit is significant because after her last visit on June 8, 2017 when she held her first cabinet meeting at the hills, clash broke out between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters and the police. Several vehicles were torched and later the hills witnessed a 104-day bandh called by the GJM. While GJM members claimed that 13 of their supporters had been killed, the state administration said that a sub inspector and a civic volunteer were also killed in the agitation.(DNA)

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