New agitation in Darjeeling not less than bandh
A North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb criticized the announcement of a fresh agitation in the Darjeeling hills, said it was nothing short of a bandh.
Siliguri: A North Bengal Development Minister Gautam Deb today criticized the announcement of a fresh five-day agitation starting from August 19 in the Darjeeling hills and said it was nothing short of a bandh.
“There is no difference between the bandh and janata Andolan but the state government will take steps to ensure normal life in the hills,” he said.
He also said “We will appeal to the people to reject the call to forcibly disrupt normal day-to-day life.”
Deb also claimed that representatives of two national parties, Congress and the BJP, have attended the all party meeting in Darjeeling called by the Gorakhland Joint Action (GJM).
“Straightway, these parties are supporting them and taking part in the movement seeking to divide Bengal,” Deb blamed.
He demanded that WBPCC president Pradip Bhattacherjee should take action against Darjeeling DCC president K B Chetri, a two-time party MP and others for attending the meeting as it was not an all-party meeting but a Bimal Gurung (GJM president)’s meeting.
Referring to Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) leader Subhas Ghising who is banned the entry in Darjeeling since 2008, Deb said, “The problem is in Darjeeling and the previous Left Front government had allowed only one voice to dominate. We are trying to restore a democratic atmosphere in Darjeeling.”