CM Opposes Pull-Out Of Forces From Darjeeling


Kolkata: Bengal chief minister launched a broadside at BJP on Monday opposing the Centre’s decision to withdraw central forces from north Bengal hills and accusing the ruling party at the Centre of conspiring to divide Bengal. She also emphasized that Darjeeling is an inseparable part of Bengal.

There are 15 companies of central forces in Darjeeling and the Centre wrote to Bengal on Sunday conveying its decision to withdraw 10 companies immediately and the rest by October 20. After the state government objected, the Centre decided to initially withdraw seven companies.

“I have written to both the Prime Minister and Union home minister, where I have said the withdrawal of the central forces from the hills is unfortunate especially at a time was life is returning to normal there. The decision was unfortunate, unethical, undemocratic and unconstitutional,” she said to reporters after a meeting with the hill parties at the state secretariat.

“I also had a telephonic discussion with the Union home minister, whom I know as a good person and I hope something positive will come from Centre’s side now,” added Mamata Banerjee.