BJP hatching conspiracy to divide Bengal: Mamata Banerjee on withdrawal of forces from Darjeeling

The Bengal CM said the Centre didn't want peace to prevail in Darjeeling and alleged the Centre was being run from the BJP party office

Written by Santanu Chowdhury | Kolkata | Updated: October 16, 2017 6:31 pm
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the Centre’s decision to withdraw seven companies of the Central Armed Police Forces from Darjeeling “politically motivated” and “undemocratic”. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Banerjee asked them not to withdraw the CAPFs from the Hills and accused the Centre of taking a “politically and administratively” bad decision with an intention to “destabilise and divide Bengal”.

The Home Ministry had on Sunday ordered the withdrawal of 10 of the 15 CAPF companies deployed in Darjeeling. However, after Banerjee objected to the decision, the Centre decided to pull out only seven CAPF companies.

Launching a fresh attack on Monday, Banerjee asserted the Centre violated the “federal structure” of the country and a “court order” by taking a “unilateral” decision. “At a time when peace and normalcy has returned to the hills, the Centre took a decision to withdraw seven companies of CAPFs. They took this decision without consulting with the state government. We are shocked. I personally had a conversation with Rajnath ji and asked him not to withdraw any company of the central forces.”

The decision to withdraw the CAPFs came two days after a sub-inspector was killed and several others were injured when supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), led by Bimal Gurung, clashed with the police.

The Trinamool Congress chief alleged the Centre took the decision after news reports surfaced a BJP leader was assaulted in Darjeeling. “It is both politically and administratively a bad decision. The Centre took the decision based on a report filed by BJP. Northeastern insurgency groups and foreign players are involved in creating unrest in the hills. Why did the Centre take such a decision when a West Bengal police officer was killed and arms and ammunition were recovered from Darjeeling hills? Who took this decision…the Centre or the BJP? BJP is trying to create unrest in the hills and a BJP minister is directly involved in this,” she said.

Earlier, 11 companies of CAPFs were deployed in Darjeeling. Later, the state government sought more personnel following the unrest that began in June and got four more companies following a court order. “So, now we will have only eight CAPF companies. During the UPA, 60 companies of CAPF were deployed in the hills,” she said.

Smelling a conspiracy behind the Centre’s move, Banerjee said Gurung had sent Rajnath Singh a letter congratulating him for the taking the decision. “Their understanding and game plan to disturb Darjeeling have come out in the open. The Centre does not want peace to prevail in the hills. It seems the Centre is being run from the BJP party office,” Banerjee said.

The CM said she would not bow down her head to BJP’s plan to divide Bengal. “I have written a letter to PM Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh and said it is very unfortunate to take such a decision. The withdrawal of CAPF has also violated the court’s order and the move is contrary to common sense,” she said.


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    D Prakash
    Oct 21, 2017 at 6:43 pm
    Mamata Bannerjee has already divided Bengal , there is hardly any portion left for further division. Once MB is out of the scene , then the next governing body will get into the act of uniting the two portions. Hope that happens soon.
    1. S
      Oct 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm
      You are posting this article and the foto of this woman for weeks now. Don't you have any other real news? It is not worth to give space to this foolish woman for weeks. She is, as usual, generating hate among the people, in order to appease her vote bank.
      1. C
        Oct 21, 2017 at 9:12 am
        Whenever this Jihadini Mumtaz Begum shall be ousted from the power of West Bengal? In West Bengal, Millions of Hindus are tortured, raped and their temples are damaged by the Mullahs everyday. Usually the administration and Police dont take FIR and dont listen to Hindus. Its the astonishing fact of West Bengal. They administration and Police are always ready on one leg to make happy and appease the Mullas. Whenever they get any allegation from Hindus, they are very reluctant to hear it. They always try to hide the rape, violence and love Jihad activities on Hindus by Mullas. This is the scenario of West Bengal administration and Police due to Jihadini Mumtaz Begum. There is another part. Hindus who has entered W.Bengal tortured severely in Bangladesh are not getting any valid documents since thirty years but Jihadists who come from Bangladesh are getting valid passport by seven working days to be a valid citizen of India. What an appeasment politics! What a vicious politics of TMC!
        1. M
          Oct 21, 2017 at 3:00 am
          ... /watch?v BLmIeEnjJnA
          1. S
            Oct 20, 2017 at 12:49 pm
            She is out of date. She can't unite only divide. India can't be the place of anti-Hindus.
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