Centre adding fresh fuel to fire: Mamata on Shinde-GJAC meet

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday alleged that the Congress was adding fuel to the fire in the Darjeeling hills

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kolkata | Published: September 6, 2013 3:06 am

Taking a dig at the Centre for talking to a delegation of the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee spearheading the movement for a separate Gorkhaland state,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Thursday alleged that the Congress was adding fuel to the fire in the Darjeeling hills.

“Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had written to me that the Centre would not talk to the GJAC without consulting the state government,but we were not consulted. What does it mean?” Mamata told reporters at Writers’ Buildings.

“When I was holding a meeting at Kalimpong (on September 3) after the Prime Minister’s assurance,the Union home minister met the GJAC delegation. How did he meet them? We protested against it,” she said.

“I do not know what transpired in the meeting,but they (GJAC) received the oxygen and have been issuing threats thereafter,” she said.

Banerjee alleged that the Centre had its own jurisdiction which it should not cross. “The state government has also its jurisdiction and everything can be settled peacefully. They are adding fresh fuel to the fire,” the chief minister alleged.

She further said that disturbances were being created to win a (lone Lok Sabha) seat in Darjeeling. “Bengal is united. If anybody tries to play a different politics,people of Bengal will fight it out.”

Apparently referring to the virtual shutdown in the hills,Mamata said that there was a ‘limit’ to tolerance. “No such politics should be played in the state which encourages goondaism and separatism.”

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