Mamata calls separatists 'extortionists'
"There are some who always indulge in the politics of divide and rule. They have no other work but to demand a new state every now and then.
"They do it only to extort money," Banerjee said at a government programme at Matigara near Siliguri of Darjeeling district, without naming the GJM, which has been spearheading the agitation for a Gorkhaland state in the northern Bengal hills.
Blaming the erstwhile Left Front government for neglecting the development of Darjeeling hills, she enumerated a host of developmental projects initiated by her government for turning the region into a "tourism hub".
Observing that Darjeeling had more potential than Switzerland as a tourist destination, she said her government was committed towards developing infrastructure in the region with major emphasis on "tea-tourism".
The GJM has been on a warpath with the Banerjee regime.
However, the Gorkha outfit following a meeting with Banerjee Friday extended an olive branch assuring it would cooperate with the government in developing the region.
(Posted on 26-10-2013)