West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday blamed Sikkim for unrest in Darjeeling, stating that the neighbouring state gets benefited if trouble erupts in the hills. Sikkim is monetarily aiding unrest in Darjeeling so that they can benefit from the tourist inflows that would otherwise have come to Darjeeling, which is more handsome than Switzerland. We want Sikkim to stay well.
"Claiming that many people wanted to tarnish Darjeeling's image as a world-famous tourist destination, she said any form of disturbance there comes as a boon to Sikkim, another popular tourist spot". Besides Sikkim, some foreign countries are also trying to create problems in Darjeeling and some rumour-mongers living outside the state are spreading lies in social media.
The Chief Minister also promised a university in the district and said that jobs of civic volunteers in West Bengal Police will be offered to men and women who excel in sports. Many people around us want that fame to be destroyed.
Mamata Banerjee with GTA chairman Binay Tamang in Darjeeling on Wednesday. If the tourists go to Sikkim, it is good for them. "If there is unrest in the Darjeeling, it is a benefit for Sikkim but a loss for Darjeeling", she said.
About the prospect of employment and industrialisation in the region, the Trinamool Congress supremo said there would be an industrial hub in Darjeeling, focusing to build tourism and IT industry if peace is maintained. I told them not to beg from the Centre. All kinds of industries would not thrive in Darjeeling. I will talk to the industrialists and try to bring something within March-April. "I don't come to you to seek votes unlike BJP which duped you by promising Gorkhaland and garnered all the three MLAs and one MP of the region. But you should control the situation in Darjeeling for the sake of your own future", she said.
In June 2017, the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF), the ruling party in the northeast state, had declared its support for the "democratic demand" for a separate state of Gorkhaland and expressed its opposition to the "illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional" acts committed in Darjeeling.
Meanwhile, in a press note, absconding GJM leader Bimal Gurung stated that the struggle for Gorkhaland will continue.