Mamata reaches north Bengal, to attend crucial meeting today

20 Nov 2017

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee arrived at Bagdogra Airport this evening amid tight security. Hundreds of people from hills and plains were gathered at the airport to welcome chief minister.

Mamata will attend crucial meeting at Pintel village at the outskirts of Siliguri with all party delegations regarding hill issues. On Wednesday she will attend an administrative meeting at Uttarkanya with the district officials of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduwar and Coochbehar.  The chief minister will also be holding an administrative review meeting of Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar districts on November 22, the officials said. Chief secretary Malay De, Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha and representatives of local bodies of the three districts would be present at the meeting to be held at 'Uttar Kanya', the state's administrative headquarters in North Bengal.

The chief minister is scheduled to return to Kolkata on November 23, the officials said. This all-party meeting on Darjeeling situation would be the fourth one held in the past few months. Normalcy returned to the hills after her first meeting with all political parties of the hills in Kolkata on August 29 and the 104-day long shutdown over a separate Gorkhaland state was called off thereafter. A new administrative board for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) came into existence with the resumption of work of all projects that had come to a standstill due to the agitation. (EOIC)