The absurdity of a sitting MLA from one party, agreeing to contest the MP elections on the ticket of another may have hit casual observers hard, but those who have kept a closer eye on politics in Darjeeling know this is not the first time.
Upendra M Pradhan
We request all those who are reading this. If you have any reach in the West Bengal Govt, please tell them to implement Ayushman Bharat – they can call it Mamata Bangla, instead of Ayushman Bharat if they want to. But because of their ego fight with the Center, poor people here are suffering. This criminal denial of health care privileges to poor needs to end,
As tempting as it might be for the Center to implement President’s rule, they will in all likelihood wait out for this storm to pass, much like how they waited for Gorkhaland agitation to simmer down. As far as BJP central leadership is concerned, they seem to be in mood to give Mamata any toe hold.
“बाँस छ र नै मने छ… मने छ र नै बाँस… धन्न बाँस छ र मने बाँसुरी बजाउँदै हिड्छ… नत्र मने कसैको खुट्टा को काङ्ग्लिङ्ग…
Darjeeling and Sikkim stand out, not only due to our scenic beauty, but also due to our culture and food, and the safety and security of the tourists. Darjeeling has been rated among the top 5 most secure destinations in the world for single female travellers, making ours the most exciting tourist destination in all of South Asia.
A state of Gorkhaland, including the hills of Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars, would therefore help ensure better safety and security for the “chicken neck” area. Smaller states are also easier to govern and the presence of the entire state machinery being in one region would help keep close tabs on infiltrators, unlike what is possible out of Kolkata.