Mamata Banerjee blames diplomatic failure for worsening relation with neighbours

"Relations with neighbouring countries like China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh have deteriorated because of the central government's diplomatic failure," she said amid the continued stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armies in the Sikkim section.

By: PTI | Kolkata | Published:July 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Mamata banerjee, west bengal, modi government, india's diplomatic relations, narendra modi West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a press conference at Nabanna(State Secretariat) in Kolkata on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday blamed the Modi government’s “diplomatic failure” for the “deterioration” in ties with neighbours like China, Nepal and Bangladesh, and said her state “suffered” because of it. “If China takes over Sikkim, which has similarities with Darjeeling, that will be because of the Centre’s failure. Relations with neighbouring countries like China, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh have deteriorated because of the central government’s diplomatic failure,” she said amid the continued stand-off between the Indian and Chinese armies in the Sikkim section.

“West Bengal suffered on account of this failure because it is sandwiched…..It is the gateway to Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan,” she told reporters here after casting her vote in the presidential election. Emphasising that she has always been for sharing good relations with Bangladesh, Banerjee said she had spoken to the External Affairs Minister when an effigy of that country’s premier Sheikh Hasina was burnt by the VHP on July 1.

Targeting central government agencies like the IB, SSB, RAW and NIA, the chief minister wondered what these were doing when around 400 schools teaching Chinese language sprang up at Pashupathi gate near Darjeeling. “What were the IB and SSB doing?” she asked. “Who let the Jamat enter through Satkhira district (in Bangladesh)? Who opened the borders for them? They (Jamat) are against Hasina and tried to start a riot in West Bengal. But the people of the state are good and managed to resist the attempt. They had tried to start riots by spreading fake videos on social media,” she alleged.

She claimed the state government was in possession of details of who allowed troublemakers to enter West Bengal from Satkhira. “West Bengal will not be an easy task for the BJP. If BJP thinks that by killing people in the name of ‘goraksha’ or by firing guns or by initiating riots they can grab Bengal, they are mistaken. And if we protest, we will be threatened by the CBI, ED and I-T,” she said. “But I would like to tell them that we never bow our heads (before the Centre),” she said.

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  1. A
    Jul 18, 2017 at 10:05 am
    Mumtaj Begam can you keep your wisdom to yourself?.Pl remember your brain is as small as brain of a pig (no insult intended for pig).
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      Siddu Tumati
      Jul 18, 2017 at 3:39 am
      She is the main culprit disturbing growing India...
      1. R
        Jul 18, 2017 at 1:18 am
        India is not Philippines for China to "take over" Sikkim - if they take Sikkim we will end Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai with nuclear bombs apart from many others. The joke is that China thinks its can "take over" any place and live to tell about the tale.
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          Ajitesh Das
          Jul 18, 2017 at 3:08 am
          Do you think China will sit around and india to bomb on its cities? Too much cow pee for today.
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            AY Dad
            Jul 18, 2017 at 7:49 am
            Dont worry Mamta bi knows v.well that her misdeeds money laundering will not be tolerated by this Modi government. V.soon she will have to pay back for her misdeeds.
        2. B
          Jul 18, 2017 at 12:04 am
          Ms Mamta for your information Modee is best friend of zping and Donal tramp don't worry he will take care of it HE IS JUST BUSY SAVING COW AND bull RIGHT KNOW
          1. M
            Maheswar Deka
            Jul 17, 2017 at 11:34 pm
            Mamata has failed to maintain a good relation with GJM leaders.By making Bengali as a compulsory subject in the schools in Bengal,Mamata has created a trouble situation in Darjeeling and the hilly regions of the state. As a Chief Minister, Mamata has failed - neither Bengal can claim to be a violence free state, nor economically prosperous,nor unemployment free state.However, she knows how to find faults with others.
            1. N
              Jul 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm
              We know madam, your relationship is good with Bangladeshi n Islamic terrorists. Hindus r being killed in your mini Pakistan(West Bengal) by your loving Jihadies.
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                mahendra vihtlani
                Jul 17, 2017 at 11:03 pm
                Dose she know relation ,had she any relation with U P A or NDA>??
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                  Pankaj Singh
                  Jul 17, 2017 at 10:41 pm
                  She must think of hes home first and then talk about outside, her home is burning, people are killed and she is interested in raising fingers at others.
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