‘Central Ministers invited GJM leaders to Delhi and fuelled Gorkhaland agitation’

Amid the demands for a separate State of Gorkhaland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday sought to reiterate that she would not permit the bifurcation of the State.

“Darjeeling will always be ours and nobody can take it away from us”, she said, addressing a public rally at Panchla in the State’s Howrah district. Alleging that certain forces were trying to incite unrest in the Darjeeling Hills, Ms. Banerjee said “no matter how much the pressure may be, I will never succumb to it”.

Ms. Banerjee had earlier alleged that a “few Central ministers” were fuelling the crisis in the Hills. She pointed out that the agitation for separate State had ensued after some Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders went to Delhi on an invitation.

GJM announces ‘jail bharo’

In Darjeeling, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said a “jail bharo” campaign would soon be launched in the Hills — volunteers would court arrest in protest against the continuing police curbs on party leaders and workers — and indicated that the State government may as well clear all jails in the Hills.

Referring to the recent communal riots at Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, Ms. Baneerjee said she would not tolerate riots in her State, to which “both Hindus and Muslims are assets… We want to work peacefully; we want no riots”.

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