New Delhi, Sept 16 (ANI): Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee hailed the good showing of Trinamool Congress in civic polls in Darjeeling district as victory over state-sponsored terrorism.
In the 47-member district council, the Trinamool Congress and the Congress combine bagged 15 seats each. The Left Front, led by the Communist Party of India (Marxists) won 17 seats.
"I think this is a victory of democracy against state-sponsored terrorism, the autocracy and every day they are making conspiracy against the United Progressive Alliance and the central government and the central ministers also. This is their habit. This fort was absolutely the red fort and you know how Darjeeling ... it is a prestigious district. It is a very prestigious victory," Banerjee told reporters in national capital New Delhi.
Banerjee also accused the State Government of not helping the Central Government's efforts to curb Maoists.
"P. Chidambaram is very correct. He said he was trying his best but he was not getting any help from the State Government. When the Central Government is trying to do something, then the state police are giving information to the Maoists that the Central police are coming. They did not allow the Central police to come to the actual area where they exist," said Banerjee.
Maoists have formally been labelled as a terrorist group by the Central Government. (ANI)