West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee had on Monday indicated that she had barely heard of him.
He also asked the state government to announce compensation for families of GJM activists killed during the protests.
“Candidate should be someone who will be beneficial for the country. I am not for a moment saying that the Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind is unfit to be the President,” Mamata Banerjee said
Mamata Banerjee said, “Violent protest won’t be tolerated. My ministers are monitoring the situation.”
Protesters participating in the march wore black armbands and waved black flags as they chanted slogans for Gorkhaland and justice, and demanding that the police and CRPF be withdrawn from the Hills.
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In a video statement on Sunday, GJM chief Bimal Gurung said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s assertion that the violence in Darjeeling and surrounding hills was being propagated by insurgent groups was “white lies”.
“There are a lot of NRI families who visit Kolkata during the puja and then extend their trip to include Darjeeling but now it’s all restricted to the city,” said Anil Punjabi of Travel Agents Federation of India
At a press conference, Banerjee said: “They (protesters) are not listening to the court as well. The court passed an order saying bandh is illegal… Where did they get illegal arms and money from?”
Mamata Banerjee said the kind of “hooliganism and vandalism,” being seen during the unrest in the hills, can only be done if there is a “terrorist brain” behind it, and the Centre should extend full help to the state to contain it
Mamata Banerjee also said, “If you are going to threaten me with guns, I want you to know that I have the capability of snatching your guns away.”
Assistant Commander of Indian Reserve Battalion, Kiran Tamang has been badly injured, the report of his death has not confirmed, said WB Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Banerjee also questioned privacy issues linked to the Aadhaar card and said that the Centre must assure security of the citizens of the country before making it mandatory.
The immediate provocation was the announcement by the state government that the Bengali language would be made a compulsory subject in all schools in the state.
She also said the GJM will not be allowed to “do politics by taking away the livelihood of the people”