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Why to field an outsider in Darjeeling: Mamata asks GJM

Why to field an outsider in Darjeeling: Mamata asks GJM
‘We believe in unity of all regions and communities. We don’t believe in divisive politics. There are some people who are trying to play divisive politics in the hills for their own vested interests as they feel that they can become kings by doing so,’ she told a Trinamool Congress workers’ rally in Gorubathan in West Bengal.

Banerjee also accused the GJM of being more interested in going to Delhi with their demand for a separate state rather than being bothered about development.’ Whenever elections come, they (GJM) go to Delhi frequently for their own vested interests of dividing people. If you count, you will find that they go to Delhi more than they visit Kalimpong or Kurseong’, said Banerjee, whose relations with the GJM hit a low after the hill party announced a tie up with the BJP for the Lok Sabha polls.

The Trinamool Congress chief took a dig at GJM for supporting BJP candidate SS Ahluwahlia, who she said, is an ‘outsider’. ‘They (GJM) shout too much but when it comes to polls they support outsiders. Don’t they have a single leader among themselves to fight polls?’ she queried.

‘We have pitted Baichung Bhutia, a person from the hills. What is the difference between the hills of Sikkim (from where Bhutia hails) and hills of Darjeeling. All are same,’ she said.

Banerjee said she will continue coming to the Darjeeling hills to ensure its development.’Why are they (GJM) shouting for Gorkhaland? We have given them GTA (Gorkha Territorial Administration) - let them work there and prove themselves. In education the order is first primary, then secondary, then higher secondary, then college, then university. But they want to go to the university without going to the primary,’ she said.
Nandini Guha

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