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Naveen urges Mamata to ensure safe return of Odias from Darjeeling




 Amid reports of scores of Odias stranded in Darjeeling, West Bengal  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to facilitate safe return of the tourists from there.

Expressing concern over the situation in the Hills, Naveen requested Mamata and Rajnath to intervene into the matter. Concerned for Odia families reportedly stranded in #DarjeelingUnrest. Request @HMOIndia & @MamataOfficial to intervene & arrange safe return, Patnaik tweeted

On the other hand, State Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said that efforts are being made to evacuate the tourists from the troubled region.

Panda spoke to his West Bengal counterpart Gautam Deb where the duo discussed about the situation. The latter assured to extend all help for safe return of tourists. “I have spoken to West Bengal Tourism Minister on the issue. He said that three buses are leaving Darjeeling’s Chowk Bazaar to Siliguri carrying tourists. From Siliguri, the passengers are being shifted to Kolkata. Steps are being taken for the safety of the tourists,” Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said.

“Special buses were pressed into service to help ferry stranded tourists to Kolkata, Siliguri, and Bagdogra airport. We are making all efforts to send them to their destinations,” Deb told media.

Notably, the prominent tourist destination is on the boil after activists of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) clashed with police over West Bengal government’s decision to make Bengali compulsory in state-run schools. Following violent clashes, Army personnel were called in to control the situation.






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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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