Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief B Gurung Saturday attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, calling her style of politics as “dictatorial” and worthy of finding a place in the Guiness Book. “With respect I say don’t do divisive politics. Her (Banerjee’s) dictatorial politics will find place in Guiness book,” Gurung said. Gurung’s statement came a day after the 12-hour bandh called by the influential GJM for revival of Gorkhaland agitation. On Saturday, life limped back to normalcy in the hill city as people resumed their daily work with hotels, shops, eateries and markets opening for regular business today.
The GJM Yuva Morcha had called the bandh on Friday following Thursday’s violence between GJM supporters and state police. The GJM Yuva Morcha is protesting against the alleged imposition of Bengali language in the schools in the hills as well as for a separate Gorkhaland, among other issues.
In the wake of the unrest in the hills, the state government is providing free bus service to Darjeeling. Several tourists took benefit of the service on Saturday. Banerjee, who was present in Darjeeling on Thursday, had stayed back after the protests broke out. She supervised the entire operations.
The state government has announced a special audit of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration’s (GTA) handling of finances in another two weeks. GJM chief Bimal Gurung is likely to meet his party colleagues to decide their next strategy.
On Friday, Darjeeling Superintendent of Police (SP) Amit Javalgi was removed from his post and Deputy Commissioner (Central), Kolkata Police, Akhilesh Chaturvedi, was tipped to be the new SP, PTI reported a senior Kolkata Police official said. Banerjee had earlier said a three-member team comprising senior IPS officers had been formed to look after the law-and-order situation in Darjeeling. The state government’s decision to do a special audit of the GTA is being seen as an attempt to put pressure on the GJM. Gurung had earlier challenged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop the agitation in the hill saying that it was his writ that “runs in the hill”.