Tahlka News Bureau
Darjeling: Gorkha Janmorcha chief Bimal Gurung projected himself as the "chief minister of the hills" and challenged West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to stop the agitation in the area.
"As the chief minister of West Bengal she is trying to show her strength. But she must not forget that I am an elected m ember of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration. I am the chief minister of the hills. I challenge her to stop the agitation in the hills," Mr Gurung said.
Mr Gurung said he will be taking the matter to the central government on army deployment and alleged police atrocities in the hills. "I will talk to the centre. We are an ally of NDA (National Democratic Alliance). We will give them all the details of police atrocities on innocent people of the hills," he said.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has called for a 12-hour bandh on Friday and the impact is palable on the streets with shops shu and the streets and transportation suspended.
Two coloumns of the army were deployed in Darjeling yesterday after GJM supporters clashed with the police, damaged police vehicles and torched some of them. While CM Mamata Banerjee was holding a meeting there.
The police had to fire tear gas to disperse the protesters who tried to march to the venue of the state cabinet meeting yesterday.