GJM leader accuses Mamata of meddling in GTA affairs

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Ranchi, Apr 1: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Roshan Giri today accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of meddling in the day-to-day affairs of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

"There is interference in the day-to-day functioning in the affairs of the GTA  by her (Mamata Banerjee)," Giri told PTI here.

When asked to elaborate, he said: "Say, land is a transport subject. She came and she distributed the pattas. Tourism is under transport sector, but her interference was in that sector too."

As per the agreement, he said the GTA should have an officer of the rank of Principal Secretary to the government of West Bengal, but the DM has been given additional charge.

"Soumitra Mohan, who happens to be a junior batch IAS officer, could not perform," he claimed, adding, Mohan's posting was also one of the reasons for their strained relations with the state government.

"In this way, things didn't materialise, and relations with the state government did not go properly," he said, adding, "So many things are yet to be transferred to the GTA".

Expressing dissatisfaction at the chief minister's comments, Giri said: "Mamata Banerjee went to North Bengal Festival where she spoke against Gorkhaland, which had triggered anger among the people, and they protested."

PTI

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