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The relations between the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the Trinamool Congress government seem to be deteriorating with each side targeting the other with verbal barbs.
While GJM president Bimal Gurung said on Tuesday that every time the Chief Minister comes to the hills, she brings “grief”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who is visiting the hills said she can give up her life but cannot part with the hills.
The GJM president expressed his reservation over the setting up of several development boards for different communities in the hills and said that it is an “attempt to divide and rule”.
With these boards aimed for different communities in the hills, the purpose the regional autonomous body Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) is lost, he added.
Mr Gurung also emphasised that soon the three GJM MLAs will tender their resignation as announced earlier. The GJM has announced the resignation of their MLAs citing interference of the State government in the regional autonomous body and non-handing over departments to GTA
“She said that Darjeeling will turn into Switzerland. Has it happened,” Mr Gurung asked.
The GJM president, who left for Delhi during the day, also pointed out that it is only the Centre that is taking up developmental work in the hills and not the State.
“This cannot continue, we will start protests (for Gorkhaland) in a democratic manner,” he said.
Only a few weeks ago, the GJM leadership was full of praises for the Chief Minister and she reciprocated by withdrawing 115 cases against GJM leadership clamped by the police during the movement for separate State of Gorkhaland.
From: The Hindu