Act like a CM, not TMC leader: BJP MP to Mamata Banerjeehttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/act-like-a-cm-not-tmc-leader-bjp-mp-to-mamata-banerjee-4714191/

Act like a CM, not TMC leader: BJP MP to Mamata Banerjee

He also asked the state government to announce compensation for families of GJM activists killed during the protests.

SS Ahluwalia, Darjeeling unrest, GJM, Mamata Banerjee
Union Minister S S Ahluwalia (File Photo)

Union Minister S S Ahluwalia, the party’s Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling, on Tuesday demanded a high-level probe into “police action” against Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists and asked West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to “act like a CM, not as a TMC leader”.

He also asked the state government to announce compensation for families of GJM activists killed during the protests.

Questioning the state government’s move to snap internet connection — the government says this was done to stop GJM activists from using social media to spread provocative posts — Ahluwalia said, “The government has forgotten that there are students and small traders who depend on internet connection. This ban is a violation of human rights.”

Taking a dig at Banerjee’s visit to the Netherlands to attend a UN programme, he said, “She could have read the UN charter on human rights. She should behave like a CM, not as a TMC leader.”

Ahluwalia, however, did not specify his party’s stance on GJM’s demand for a separate state. “It is a 110-year-old demand. It cannot be solved overnight. The state government should prepare a political environment to hold talks.”