Public meeting in hills

The Telegraph

Darjeeling, Sept. 24: Mamata Banerjee will make a public appearance in Darjeeling as well besides meeting select hill people behind closed doors as had been earlier planned, those in charge of the railway minister’s itinerary have said.

Mamata will attend a World Tourism Day programme at Chowrastha on September 27, and even though Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung is expected to be present at the meeting, the two are unlikely to share the same dais in public.

Instead, Mamata will meet a Gurung-led Morcha delegation on September 26 at 4pm, sources said. The Union minister will also be meeting the representatives of other political parties including that of the ABGL.

Darjeeling is already gearing up to celebrate World Tourism Day to coincide with Mamata’s stay.

The Morcha has asked the people of the hills to give her a warm welcome. A rally of Land Rovers, sit-and-draw competition, cultural programmes and a Darjeeling talent hunt will be held at Chowrastha.

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