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Mamata Banerjee pulls big surprise, visits this CPM leader, wishes him well

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New Delhi | Published: October 16, 2017 9:35:02 PM

Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress chief on Monday visited senior CPM leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who is ill and wished him speedy recovery.

Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress chief on Monday visited senior CPM leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who is ill and wished him speedy recovery. (ANI)

Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress chief on Monday visited senior CPM leader Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who is ill and wished him speedy recovery. Banerjee visited the senior CPM leader’s residence to inquire about his health. Bhattacharjee is suffering from respiratory problems for past few days. Mamata said,”I had come to visit him. He asked me to sit, I wished him a speedy recovery. He wants his treatment to be done at home. I had spoken to his wife and assured her that we will provide all help,” reported PTI. As per sources from CPM, Bhattacharjee has a history of breathing problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung ailment. Notably, Trinamool and CPM have been at daggers drawn for years in their drive to wrest or retain power in the state.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Banerjee over the Darjeeling unrest urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh not to pull security forces out of the Darjeeling hills and accused the Centre of “conspiring to destabilise” the state. Banerjee said she had sent letters to Modi and Singh on the withdrawal of the Central forces. “I have written to the prime minister and the home minister and asked them not to withdraw the forces from the hills,” as per PTI report. Describing the withdrawal decision as unilateral and unfortunate, Banerjee said, “The Central government is being run from the BJP party office. It is really unfortunate that the Central government has taken such a bad decision unilaterally to withdraw forces from the hills.”

She accused the Centre and BJP of hatching a conspiracy. “They are conspiring to destabilise Bengal so that violence keeps on occurring,” she said. The Centre has said it will withdraw 10 of the 15 companies in the region, she added.

Accusing BJP’s Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia of helping fugitive GJM supremo Bimal Gurung foment trouble in the region, she said the BJP was allowing the hills to “burn for the sake of a seat.” The all-party meeting decided to work together for the restoration of peace in the hills. It was attended by several hill parties excluding the Jan Andolan Party (JAP).

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