Chamling said it is common knowledge that the state has been suffering for the last 33 years due to Gorkhaland agitation remains totally cut-off and isolated when bandhs are called by political parties in Bengal and added that the state has lost more than Rs 60,000 crore.
Hoping to stitch an Opposition alliance in the run-up to 2019, Mamata Banerjee speaks on the exit of Nitish Kumar, her willingness to work with rivals Congress and Left, her fight against the BJP, Darjeeling agitation, the challenges she faces.
Darjeeling has been witnessing indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland, since June. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Union Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said there was no proposal to constitute a committee to look into the separate state demand.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee apprised Singh about the security situation in the hill district and the steps taken by her government to bring back normalcy in the region, an official privy to the meeting said.
They will hold meetings with district police officers and administrative officials. Police and security forces patrolled the streets of the hills and kept a tight vigil at every entry and exit routes. Except medicine shops, all the other shops, restaurants, remained closed.
Some political party activists, dressed in traditional Nepali attire, took out rallies in the morning. The police and security forces patrolled the streets and kept a tight vigil at every entry and exit points. All shops, restaurants, hotels, schools and colleges remained closed except pharmacies.
Prasad was apparently referring to the deployment of army and central forces in the north Bengal hills, which have been singed by violence for over a month now over the renewed demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland.