Can sacrifice our lives, but won't part with Darjeeling: Mamata

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    Can sacrifice our lives, but won't part with Darjeeling: Mamata

    [​IMG]By Pradipta Tapadar | IANS – 21 hours ago
    | Yahoo! News

    Darjeeling, Oct 11 (IANS) Asserting that the West Bengal government will not give in to the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday announced wide-ranging sops and promised all help to a proposed autonomous hill development body. But 'we will not leave Darjeeling', she affirmed.

    In a bid to fulfil her pre-assembly poll promise of turning Darjeeling in northern West Bengal into a 'Switzerland', Banerjee announced that a master plan for tourism development was under way, and once completed and implemented, most of the issues of unemployment in the hills would be solved.

    'We will help you with each and everything. We will help you with all our hearts. You people are our brothers and sisters. We are ready to sacrifice our lives for your development, but we are not ready to leave Darjeeling,' said Banerjee at a government function with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders on the dais.

    The GJM has, over the past three and a half years, spearheaded the movement for a separate Gorkhaland to be carved out of some northern parts of the state, including the Darjeeling hills.

    On July 18, a tripartite agreement was signed between the GJM and the state and central governments. At the core of the agreement is the formation of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

    The GTA is armed with more powers as compared to its predecessor, the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) formed in the late 1980s.

    'For the sake of development and peace of the hills, for bettering the lot of the youths of the hills, we have done the GTA agreement. The work has already started for GTA. After that, there elections will take place for the formation of the GTA. For the election of GTA, the work for delimitation has also started,' said Banerjee.

    Expressing concerns over condition of quake-stricken Darjeeling, Banerjee said she will request the central government for an additional Rs.500 crore grant.

    'Darjeeling has been worse affected than even Sikkim. In addition to the Rs.500 crore relief already requisitioned under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), I will make a further request for Rs.500 crore,' said Banerjee.

    Banerjee's comments came a day after a GJM delegation gave her a memorandum asking for a Rs.1,000 crore central grant for restoration work and resettlement of the quake affected.

    Banerjee, now on a two-day visit to Darjeeling, said the northeast and north Bengal should be treated similarly as both the areas have the same topography and geography.

    She also announced that a Lepcha development council will be constituted, with its office to be set up in Darjeeling.

    In a bid to woo the people on her third visit to north Bengal after taking over the reins of the state May 20, Banerjee announced various developmental projects, which would help to improve the social and economic conditions of the hills.

    'Darjeeling will be Switzerland and everybody's dreamland. The master plan for tourism development is under way, and once completed and implemented, the region will turn into a Switzerland,' she said to tumultuous applause.

    Banerjee announced the 'Destination Darjeeling' project under which the infrastructure of the Darjeeling district would be upgraded.

    'From installing street lamps and signages across the roads, to sanitary development and garbage disposal, all will be done to make the city better. Eco-tourism policy for Darjeeling is ready. The funds have been sanctioned.'

    Banerjee unveiled six railway projects, which include a modern printing press and basic training centre at the neighbouring hill town Kurseong, a filter manufacturing plant and a multi-functional complex building at Siliguri in the plains.

    An international research centre named after Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and a Nepali academy after poet Bhanubhakta will also come up at Kalimpong's Mongpu.

    Banerjee kept on interacting with the crowd switching between Bengali, Hindi and at times in English, after starting her speech in Nepali.

    She urged the people of the hills to walk along with those from the plains for development. 'I am not here for politics but for development. If we work together, we will surely be successful...hum honge kamyab...we shall overcome.'

    The youth of the region were promised police jobs, 'like the people in Junglemahal (Maoist-affected forested areas in western part of the state)'.

    Source: Can sacrifice our lives, but won't part with Darjeeling: Mamata - Yahoo!
     
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    I wonder what will members who advocate small states have to say about this. Will they support Gorkhaland?. I think this is another emotive issue for all people concerned in West Bengal.
     
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    From the historical point of view, Darjeeling neither belongs to the Bengalis nor the Gurkhas. It belongs to Sikkim and that is where it should go. That is my standpoint and one should feel free to verify the historical facts regarding Darjeeling.
     
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    CM woos Hills with cheques & charm - The Times of India

    CM woos Hills with cheques & charm
    Nirmalya Banerjee & Deep Gazmer, TNN | Oct 12, 2011, 07.19AM IST


    DARJEELING: Mamata Banerjee has spared no effort to win the heart of Darjeeling in her first visit to the Hills as chief minister, signing cheques generously, discarding decades-old security practices for visiting CMs to mingle freely with the people, and obliging local leaders by telling them exactly what they wanted to hear.

    Her cheque-and-charm drive on Tuesday turned the mood from cautiously optimistic to celebratory as she announced sops and grants for projects that ranged from school education to road repairs , and even promised to seek an additional 500 crore from the Centre for earthquake rebuilding.

    "Darjeeling has suffered worse damage than Sikkim in the earthquake (of 6.8 magnitude on September 18 with its epicenter in north Sikkim)," she declared while inaugurating a cultural programme organized by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). She also announced a spot assistance of 20 crore as house-building grant. The state government has already requested the Centre to sanction 495 crore for earthquake relief. "I will make it 500 crore," Mamata said, adding, "I will write to the Centre for an additional 500 crore," On Monday, when she arrived in Darjeeling, the GJM had sought an assistance of 1,000 crore for an "earthquake ravaged" Darjeeling . "The CM is like our mother. We are like her children . We can make demands of her," GJM chief Bimal Gurung had said.

    The chief minister seemed more than keen to oblige. Calling Darjeeling her "darling" , she stepped on the dais set up for her at the Mall without the bulletproof shield customary for her predecessors and reiterated her vision to convert the Queen of the Hills into a Switzerland through a slew of civic and infrastructure projects that she said would improve quality of life. "If Kashmir is the heaven of India , Darjeeling is the heaven of Bengal," she said amid cheers. "Just having the heart and love does not help, work has to be done for those you love for their betterment. Darjeeling will be a healthy and wealthy baby, and jobs will be provided so that people don't have to go outside. This will help realize my dream of turning it into a Switzerland."

    MAMATA PUTS HER MONEY WHERE HER HEART IS

    State to give spot assistance of 20 crore as house-building grant CM to increase quake relief demand from Centre to 500 crore from 495 crore. Says she will demand another 500 crore 50 lakh from CM's relief fund for earthquake-related damage for Dr Graham's Home Spot assistance of 2 crore to solve drinking water shortage woes 8 crore sanctioned for irrigation facilities in villages 20 crore sanctioned for repair of roads 56 crore sanctioned for Balason water supply project 10 crore and 28 crore, respectively, for beautification of the Mall and Chowrasta CM to request Centre to subsidize 90% of Plan funds for Darjeeling and north Bengal Planters Club and Gymkhana Club to be refurbished International research centre on Rabindranath Tagore and a Bhanu Bhakta Nepali Academy in Mungpoo CM announces slew of projects

    Darjeeling: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear on Tuesday that Darjeeling would continue to be an integral part of West Bengal. "The Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) should march ahead. The state government will give it all the backing it needs. We will be with you, but you will be with us," she said. Mamata did not dwell too long on political hurdles in the way of the formation of the GTA, saying an ad hoc council had already started functioning , a high-powered committee for identification of areas in Dooars and Terai for inclusion in the GTA was doing its job and work on delimitation of constituencies for holding GTA elections was under way, too. She focused, instead, on development projects, tourism, and civic issues like drinking water and roads.

    While the Left Front government wasn't in favour of a proposal to make north Bengal a part of the Northeast Council, Mamata said she would write to the Prime Minister and the home minister, requesting that 90% of Plan funds for Darjeeling and north Bengal be subsidized by the Centre, like in the northeast. She also announced her vision to make Darjeeling an IT hub, sanctioned Rs 20 crore for road repairs, 17 new primary and 30 upper primary schools and a master plan for the development of tourism. For Lepchas, she announced the setting up of a development council under the Backward Classes Welfare Department.
     
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    Yes, the original inhabitants were Lepchas.

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    No more new states

    Jharkhand and Goa have shown how easy it is to dislodge state governments in small states

    Small states are very vulnerable to becoming personal fiefdoms of powerful people
     
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    The rise of Kalimpong to prominence came after the end of the Anglo-Bhutan War; until 1865 the area in which it stands had been administered, for 150 years or more, by the Bhutanese official in charge of the small fort at Dumsong, about 10 miles to the north-east of Kalimpong, while his superior lived at a larger fort about 25 miles to the east; Dalimkot, large enough to hold a garrison of 300 men. Rennie has described how these forts were seized and occupied by troops of the British and Indian armies during the war, after stiff resistance at Dalimkot, with considerable loss of life, and were dismantled or abandoned after peace prevailed.

    How far is this correct?

    The people in North Bengal, many of them, are Rajbonshis.
     
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    We already have 28 States + 7 UT.

    Demand for various new states going on:

    1>Gorkhaland (W.B.)
    2> Telangana (A.P.)
    3.- 5. > Harit Pradesh, Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand (U.P.)
    6.> Bodoland (Assam)
    7.> Vidarbha (Mahrashtra)
    8. > Mithila (Bihar)
    9. & 10.> Delhi and A&N Islands as STATE

    There are also few small demand for separate state like Saurashtra (Mah.), Kosal (Chattisgarh/Orissa), Vindhya Pradesh (M.P./U.P.), Tulu Nadu (Kerala/Karnataka) and so on.

    If, we accept the demand for 1 state, Few will come in picture. it's never going to stop. People are asking for new state based on specific ethnic group. This is wrong way.

    Only State which needs division is U.P. A State with 200 Million population (More than Pakistan), 17% M.P. comes from this state. Backward state and without growth of U.P., India can't rise beyond the limit. U.P. should be divided in 3 parts equally so that it would be easy and better administrated.

    Gorkhaland demand is not justified. A State for just few million population ?
     
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    If Telengana comes into being, then I wonder if one can stop the others from ensuring that they too get their statehood.

    I remember there was a time when Bengal and Bihar was to become one state.

    Added Later:

    Just checked Google. Just to authenticate:

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-08-21/kolkata/29911791_1_anti-merger-bangla-favour
     
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    There is a reason Pranob and Bong babus are opposing Telanganas
     
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    If Telangana state bill will be passed, Then 3 Division of U.P., Vidarbha and Gorkhaland, Bodo Land will come in limelight.
     
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    Nobody wants a domino effect in the nation for sake of KCR's Velamadora rajyam
     
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    The problem is not small states but the ease with which the state governments are getting dislodged
    and arm twisted as in the case of Jharkhand and Goa making a mockery of the democratic process
    and rule of law

    This problem should be nipped in the bud
     
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    Are they?

    I haven't seen such a report.

    How does it affect them?

    It is Mamata B who will be holding the can!

    I thought Chidambaram is the person who is to organise the fate of Telengana and he is quite a formidable person!

    The Telengana issue hinges on the promise given earlier by the GoI when the issue first came up and was 'resolved'.
     
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    This is not true. Political situation changes as per time.

    12-20 years back, BJP was too much aggressive for separate Jharkhand and Uttrakhand But not so keen in Chattisgarh as BJP thought it would be comparatively easy to win whole M.P. rather than 2 divided state (BJP was very weak in Tribal areas of Chattisgarh).

    But once state formed, BJP is not only strong, But literally it wiped Congress from root. BJP is ruling since Inception 2000 and still strong. Political scenario changes as per situation. Ironically, BJP never made any ST as CM in Chattisgarh (ST are 37% in state). On other hand, In Jharkhand - BJP was always strong but today BJP is divided due to breakaway part of Babulal Marandi. Still, BJP is ruling but on support of JMM. Most of the big leaders are ST except Yashwant Sinha. Today, BJP is struggling to win 1/4th-1/3rd seat where once it used to win 3/4th seat.

    Today, In Telegana - TRS is strong but who knows what will be situation after separation ??

    another example, There was a regional party "UTTRAKHAND Kranti Dal" fighting for separate state since 80's. They used to get good no. of supports. But Once state formed, 90% Seats are divided between BJP and Congress and rest lost in Himalayas. Today UKD has 3 MLA's and BJP has 36. Situation was expected to be perfect opposite before state was formed. UKD don't have any struggle left.
     
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