GJM supporters interrupt Mamata speech, raise slogans
A section of GJM supporters sprang to their feet and started shouting slogans as soon as Mamata, during her speech, said: “Darjeeling is a part of Bengal.The two are inseparable.” The Chief Minister tried to shout them down, saying it was a “government programme and no political slogan should be raised to spoil the event”. But the GJM activists shouted if there can be a separate Telengana, there should be a separate Gorkhaland as well. Amidst the din, the GJM leaders on the stage began to walk out and Mamata too followed.
GJM chief Bimal Gurung later said: “There were political overtones when the chief minister said that Darjeeling is part and parcel of Bengal and cannot be divided. Every time the CM visits she keeps reminding us that Darjeeling is part of Bengal. The CM may have her own political mileage out of such announcements but she should have realised that such words hurt the sentiments of the Gorkhas.”
Asked if he was contemplating to resign from the Gorkhaland Territorial Authority (GTA), Guring said: “I can step down any moment. No one has come to cling to the post permanently but the GTA will take its decision after holding meetings.”
Gurung also charged the state government with interfering in the affairs of the Hills
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