Hills are our pride, will not allow division of Bengal: Mamata
On bifurcation of the state Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee today said Darjeeling is an integral part of West Bengal and blamed certain local parties in the Hills of trying to play divisive politics without bothering about the development of the hills.
While addressing an election rally here at Darjeeling, she highlighted the work the West Bengal government has done for Darjeeling district and accused the GTA of not spending any fund for the development of the people. She even addressed the people in Nepali and Hindi.
Ms Banerjee said she has always visited the Hills whenever the people were in distress. She also asked people to shun the politics of bandhs and violence. She asked the youth to come forward for the cause of development.
Trinamool supremo said, "I wanted to nominate an unanimous candidate for Hills. The other parties did not agree. I wanted to nominate a local candidate from the Hills. I have not brought a candidate from Delhi. When people of Darjeeling were starving during Bandhs, I sent my ministers with ration for you."
"They always said they do not want an outsider as candidate. Which 'bhoomiputra' have they fielded? A man from Delhi. We have hosted official celebration of Netaji's birth anniversary in the Hills this year. We have formed development boards for Tamangs and Lepchas. We have demanded Bharat Ratna for Tenzing Norgay," Ms Banerjee commented.
She said, "We formed the GTA soon after coming to power. We have allotted funds to the GTA. Why have they not started any development work? Every department of WB Govt has cleared projects for Darjeeling. Why has GTA not implemented them?"
"Some parties are exploiting the sentiments of local people in the name of statehood. They want to shut down everything. Common people will suffer and they will prosper. There can be no development at the cost of the interests of common people,
The Hills are our pride. I will never allow Darjeeling to be separated. I will fight for honour of Bengal. The youth need to come forward for the development of Darjeeling," Ms Banerjee added.
(Posted on 13-04-2014)