Chief minister Mamata Banerjee distributes bicycles to students at Chalsa in Doars on Wednesday
Chalsa-Those “stoking trouble” in the Darjeeling hills to gain a parliamentary seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, beware! Chief minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, by her own claim, has seen through the design and would not allow peace to be held ransom in the hills at the cost of politics.
“I love my Gorkha brethren, but those under provocation of others are trying to browbeat the common people in the hills by practicing hostile politics will not prevail, the state government shall see to it,” the CM said at a government function at Chalsa in Jalpaiguri district on Wednesday.
And to ensure matters remain under control, the CM plans to visit the Darjeeling hills “next month” or “sometime soon”. The declaration is significant since the CM faced pro-Gorkhaland demonstration the last time she visited Darjeeling. Relation between the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the state government has declined since then.
Although Banerjee did not name the Congress or the GJM in her accusation, her charge was clearly directed at the new-found intimacy between the two organisations. “Whenever elections approach, some engage in the divide-and-rule policy and disrupt peace. Do not try to divide Bengal for the sake of a parliamentary seat,” was her word of caution.
Congress leaders from the north Bengal plains and elsewhere are in touch with the GJM in the wake of a resurgent Gorkhaland statehood movement. There is ample evidence that a section of Congress leadership facilitated GJM chief Bimal Gurung’s recent trip to New Delhi and meetings with the President of India and the Union home and finance ministers under the pretext that the Centre too was part of the tripartite agreement for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
The chief minister also hinted at strong action against “those” (read Kamtapur activists), who were returning to the warpath after getting clemency from her government. “Recent developments suggest some of whose political offences were pardoned by my government, are back to practicing subversive activities. This government can get rough and tough when necessary,” warned the CM.
There is reason to believe the CM’s warning was aimed at the Kamtapuri outfits, particularly the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation. Police and Intelligence agencies have in recent raids arrested several KLO activists from various parts of north Bengal with arms and ammunition to indicate it is re-grouping.