Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee may visit Darjeeling Hills during her 3-day visit to Siliguri, commencing on February 5. The CM will be arriving at Siliguri on February 5 to inaugurate a “Chatra Yuva Karmashala” on that day. Though her itinerary has not been made public yet, sources state that she will be visiting Darjeeling town on February 6 for a day. She will be returning from Darjeeling on February 7.
However, both the district administration and TMC leaders have preferred to remain tight lipped on the visit. When questioned on this, TMC leader and Tourism minister Gautam Deb stated, “We have no such information as yet.” The last time the CM had visited Darjeeling, was on June 7, 2017, to hold a cabinet meeting at the Raj Bhawan, Darjeeling. On June 8, 28 ministers had sat in a cabinet meeting at Raj Bhawan at 2pm.
The day, however, ended on a violent note. On June 8, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supporters had been taking out rallies and staged a sit-in demonstration, a short distance away from Raj Bhawan, where the state Cabinet meeting was taking place. The rallies arrived from Singmari, Darjeeling Railway Station and Batasia Loop at the Gorkha Ranga Mancha Bhawan and staged a sit in demonstration. At around 3 pm, the GJM supporters torched an effigy of the CM. Suddenly, there were stones being pelted and amidst shouts, a stampede ensued. Some people even tried to bring down the police barricade.
On Friday, minister Gautam Deb inspected arrangements at the Kanchenjunga Stadium. “This is for the first time that such a student and youth TMC workshop is being organised in North Bengal. We want to sensitise the youth in the wake of the Panchayat elections and bring development to the doorsteps of the public,” remarked Deb.