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Don’t victimise the common man: Mamata to GJM

Beginning her two-day visit to the Darjeeling hills on Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee  came down against the bandh, saying that the people were being victimised.

Talking to reporters at Bagdogra airport in North Bengal on way to Kalimpong, she said, ‘politics should not be linked to development activity and observed that bandhs never do any good, as it is only an impediment to development’. The chief minister will be accorded a felicitation by the Lepcha community on Tuesday at Kalimpong.

Taking exception to the GJM’s ‘Ghar Bhitra Janta’ agitation coinciding with her visit to the region, she said, ‘Asking the people to remain indoors is nothing but a shutdown call. They are obstructing the development in the hills.’ She appealed to the hill party to withdraw its shutdowns and ensure that the GTA functioned properly.

‘We love all democratic movements. We respect all democratic set-ups. We respect the Constitution. We run the government as per the Constitution. Every six months if anybody wants to break the constitutional obligation, it cannot be supported,’ Banerjee, who had declared the shutdowns as illegal and urged the GJM to accept the court verdict in this regard.

She expressed her shock particularly at the children not being able to attend schools because of the bandh and said, ‘Even the poor people are not getting their ration and food. People are not able to go to the hospital as the cars are being burnt.’
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