BJP Candidate Tried To Divide Bengal: Mamata

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Bardhaman: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday hit out at Union Minister and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from the state S.S. Ahluwalia, accusing him of “conspiring to divide Bengal” by fomenting unrest in the Darjeeling hills and later fleeing from there.

Ahluwalia, the sitting MP from Darjeeling, has been fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party from the Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha constituency in the 2019 polls. “I have heard that the person, who wanted to divide Bengal, is contesting from here. Do you people know how much trouble he had caused in Darjeeling? He created unrest in the peaceful Darjeeling hills,” Mamata Banerjee said at an election rally in Bardhaman district’s Dewandighi.

“He was the MP of Darjeeling but fled from there during crisis. Now he is seeking votes from you people. Why would people vote for him? Do not choose someone who conspired to divide Bengal.

“Always remember that he stoked fire in the beautiful Darjeeling hills. He is a close friend of Bimal Gurung (the chief of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha that spear-headed the Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling hills in 2017),” she said without naming Ahluwalia.