WB CM To Visit Into Hills After 8 Months

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Siliguri: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will visit into the Darjeeling hills on Tuesday after a gap of eight months, riding on the hope that the state government has a grip on the situation and the Binay Tamang lobby of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha faces no threat from rival group in the party.

At Monday’s meeting, Mamata Banerjee and Youth Trinamul president Abhishek Banerjee asked workers of frontal organisations to pull up their socks to galvanise support, right up to the booth level, across north Bengal ahead of rural polls.

It was during Mamata’s last visit to Darjeeling in June that a clash broke out, leading to the resumption of the statehood movement and a 104-day shutdown.

“I will go to the hills tomorrow (Tuesday) after a long time. Those who are in the GTA (Gorkhaland Territorial Administration) have taken up development projects (in the hills) and are trying to upkeep peace and amity, along with some others. We will attend some programmes and meet the hill residents again,” the chief minister told.

“The chief minister’s visit is significant and indicates that Binay Tamang lobby of the Morcha has managed to drum up enough support in the hills. The state police are in complete control over the hills and that is why the chief minister has decided to move to the hills,” said an observer.