Mamta to defy Gurung with Darjeeling visit

Calcutta:  West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will visit Darjeeling on September 1.

Her visit will have widespread political implications. True to form, her visit is to spite Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung.  The chief minister will be in the Hills on the invitation of the Lepcha Tribal Association, who will felicitate her for forming the Lepcha Development Board. The Mamata government formed the Lepcha Development Board on August 5 much to the dislike of Gurung who saw it as a move to divide the united stir for Gorkhaland.

“I will be visiting Darjeeling again during the first week of September. The Lepcha brothers and sisters have invited me to attend a programme,” Mamata said in a post on a social networking site on Tuesday. The Lepcha Tribal Association has planned to felicitate the CM at a programme in Siliguri on September 2.

Rev. Enos Das Pradhan, chairman of the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee refused say much about the trip. “She may come to the Hills but there is no question of reconciliation. Our demand is beyond the GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration) now, it is about the Gorkhaland state,” he said.

Morcha spokesperson Roshan Giri said, “We will meet on Wednesday to take stock of the situation. Any statement, if required, will be issued thereafter.”

Banerjee’s impending visit sparked off speculation on whether the government would dissolve the GTA sabha and call for fresh elections.

In the meanwhile the agitation has been called off because of thunderstorms and natural calamaties happening along the Darjeeling area.


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