Chopra, August 2: The indefinite strikes, a long row of agitations have totally devastated the normal life in Darjeeling. The queen hill area of Bengal has lost its peaceful nature. Darjeeling is an international brand of Bengal tourism. The strike has not only hit the Darjeeling Tea production, but also the tourism of the region. When Bengal administration totally failed to solve the problem, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sorted to emotional tone. Mamata Banerjee requested political parties in the hill to withdraw the strike. On the other hand, Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee decided to continue the ongoing indefinite strike in the hills.
Mentioning Siliguri's importance in the country, border related issues Mamata described the misery of local people. The strike has hit tea, trade, tourism, and transport sectors. That is why Bengal CM has urged to withdraw this trouble-causing strike.But on the question of Gorkhaland, she stayed still at her position. "...I will lay down my life but would not allow the division of Bengal. I will continue my struggle against those who want to divide Bengal," the chief minister said.
Morcha leaders have termed Mamta’s request vague. If CM is not interested in Gorkhaland, then Morcha leaders are also least interested to have any discussion. Morcha has unanimously decided that the indefinite strike would continue.
"We do not believe Mamata Banerjee anymore as she is not serious about peace. This is apparent in the violence first unleashed by police and then by Trinamul cadres. Our MP is also a Union minister. Yet, we do not know what the Centre is thinking. If it is not possible for him to talk about the statehood, he can at least speak out against the human rights violations and the attacks by Trinamul cadres.” Gorkha Janmukti Morcha vice-president Kalyan Dewan said.
The tussle between two parties is causing misery of common people. Tea garden workers are spending days without proper meals, traders facing loss, hotel owners shutting down their business. And still, now there is not a single sign of the solution.