Famous tourist location Darjeeling resembles a battle field right now with Army carrying out flag march to try and control massive riots that have broken out against Mamata Banerjee's government decision to impose Bangla as a compulsory language in all West Bengal Schools.
Bimal Gurung, GJM leader and the Grokhaland Terroitorial Administration chief, has challenged Mamata Banerjee to try and stop the agitation on the hills. Things took an ugly turn 2 days ago when protestors tried to go towards the area where Mamata Banerjee was holding a cabinet meeting. They clashed with the police when stopped. Later the protests turned violent and thousands of angry activists set fire to vehicles and damaged government property.
Things got so bad that army had to be called in to control the situation. The GJM which is also a part of the NDA has said that it would raise the question of army deployment and indiscriminate police atrocities directly with the center. Thousands of tourists are stranded in Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong due to the bandh called today starting 6 am today. The strike has been absolute and all shops, offices and eateries remained closed.
Mamata Banerjee has tried to politicize the issue by saying that the GJM has created this ruckus due to the elections for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in July. What she did not explain was the need for the order given to make Bangla compulsory in schools. On one hand she stands with those who vehemently criticize ban on cow slaughter as interference in choice of food and on the other hand, she is trying to impose for votes, a language which is not native to the hilly regions. Hypocrisy knows no boundaries when it comes to Mamata Banerjee. She called the strike illegal but forgot that she was one of the opposition leaders to have called for a nationwide strike after the Demonetization last year. She has called in for Army help but created a huge drama about the center trying to impose an army rule when unarmed army personnel were deployed along the highways as part of a routine exercise in December last year.
Posted On : 09-Jun-2017