While urging the hills’ parties to withdraw the strike and restore peace in the region, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reiterated her stand on Gorkhaland and said that she will not support another state to be carved out of West Bengal.
“I will give my life, but I will not support dividing West Bengal into parts. People must remember that the hills are a part of the state and will remain to be so,” the Chief Minister said.
The CM is currently in North Bengal for a two-day tour. She addressed the issue at a public meeting in Chopra, North Dinajpur on Tuesday.
Mamata Banerjee further stated that a political movement should focus on the welfare of the people, but the on-going movement is “only for the sake of politics”.
The CM said, “It is not the hill people who are creating trouble. The GJM is getting goons from outside to create problems in the law and order of the region. There is no fault of the common people here. The GJM is continuing with the movement only for the sake of politics and this is just not right.”
On Monday, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s supremo, Bimal Gurung, had told the CM to “come and see the bad situation of the hills”.
She had visited the hills last on June 8, when she had visited Darjeeling for a state cabinet meeting at Raj Bhawan. There, GJM supporters had a clash with the police- which ignited the spark for the Gorkhaland movement to be revived.