Hill party members vents anger on deb

The Statesman

foray into hill politics impossible without enough support

Siliguri, 2 August  – The leaders and activists of Darjeeling Hill unit of the Trinamul Congress vented anger against a section of the party leaders based in the plains, including the north Bengal development minister and the district party president Mr Gautam Deb, when they met the All India Trinamul Congress general secretary Mr Mukul Roy at an interactive meeting in Siliguri today.
It is learnt that the Hill activists complained to Mr Roy that they are not getting enough support from these leaders when they are trying hard to foray into the Hills politically.
“These leaders are wary of taking responsibilities. They hardly understand the sentiment of the Hills. There are many such leaders in the plains who try to manipulate things in their own ways ignoring the reality of the Hill politics that is not the same as that of the plains,” said a Trinamul activist from the Hills who insisted on his identity not being disclosed.
Another said they had told Mr Roy that if the trend does not reverse it would prove difficult for them to penetrate in the Hill politics to champion the development agenda of the state government. “Mr Roy gave us a patient hearing and said only Mr Deb among the leaders of the plains would look into the affairs of the Hills. He also asked Mr Deb to show more sensitivity regarding the peculiarities of the Hill susceptibilities,” he added.
The convener of the Hill Trinamul Congress, Mr Rajen Mukhia said they have unburdened their grievances to Mr Roy.
The spokesperson of the Darjeeling Hill Trinamul Congress, Mr Binny Sharma, said: “The party can establish its relevance in the Hills by untiringly stressing on peace and development. It is important to reach out to the people to make them aware of the state government’s sincerity for development. We have told Mr Roy what we feel.”
However, after the meeting was over, Mr Roy said the party is united to fight for the development in the Hills.
“Darjeeling is an integral part of Bengal. Our aim is to restore peace to accelerate development of the Hills,” Mr Roy said.

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