Biswas hits out at BJP hide-and seek

Biswas hits out at BJP hide-and seek
Wed, Oct 31, 2018

DARJEELING,: Senior Trinamul Congress leader and Bengal PWD minister Arup Biswas today hit out at the BJP and its Darjeeling MP S. S. Ahluwalia for remaining absent from the hills at most times, and appearing only in times of elections.
Speaking at a puja celebration function organised by the Hill TMC in Kurseong, Biswas said even though the BJP won the Darjeeling parliamentary seat on two occasions, it has done precious little for the people of the hills. “The BJP is only talking big, but not doing anything while Mamata Banerjee (Bengal chief minister) is doing a lot of work without saying anything,” he claimed.
Biswas said the presence of Ahluwalia was not needed now because the people are with Mamata and other parties actively working in the hills. "I want to know where is Ahluwalia? He and the BJP make appearances only before elections, but do nothing thereafter,” he said.
The minister also said since all political parties in the hills want development, the chief minister has been working tirelessly towards it. “Different parties may have different ideologies, but on development we are one. The GTA and the municipalities are working for it… Our chief minister has come to hills on a number of occasions to ensure all-round development of the hills,” he said.
The programme, which was held at the community hall in Naya Bazar, was also attended by the acting chairman of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Binay Tamang and his deputy Anit Thapa.
Speaking on the occasion, Tamang said he wanted the GTA elections to be held as soon as possible and his party was prepared to face any elections in the hills. The election to the hill body has been due since last year after the resignation of the earlier board headed by Bimal Gurung. In the interim, the GTA is being run by the Tamang-headed board of administrators appointed by the State government.
Tamang also echoed Biswas on the development issue. “The political environment in the hills is good now, and we are working to bring about development in the hills that was none existent in the past.  For instance, 283 kilometres of roads are being constructed in places which had no connectivity in the past,” he claimed.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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