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.
"Whatever happens, everyone should remember that I am ready to give up my life but I will never support dividing (the state) into parts. I love the hills like all other districts of West Bengal. But people must remember that the hills are a part of West Bengal and will remain so in the future," Mamata Banerjee said.
Pro-Gorkhaland agitation: The police put up roadblocks near the Sukna road crossing and asked them to go back. But the agitators broke the first two barricades and pelted stones at the police. The protesters turned violent and set afire some vehicles parked nearby.
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.
A precise agenda for the hurriedly rescheduled of meeting has not been kept. The leaders are likely decide to continue the indefinite strike- a demand of the people, to not hold any dialogues with the state government but only deal with the central government and to emphasize the one point agenda of a separate Gorkhaland stat.
"The only access to the rest of the country is through the state of West Bengal. Sikkim is sandwiched due to the agitation and prevailing law and order situation. As far as the national security is concerned, Government of India is appropriately handling the matter." the statement said.