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CM Mamata Banerjee Alleges China 'Interfering' In West Bengal

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After Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti claimed that China was interfering in matters of the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has come out with a similar accusation of China meddling in their state as well.

According to sources, in a series of telephonic conversations with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Mamata discussed China in detail. West Bengal is currently facing the heat of extended protests in Darjeeling calling for a separate Gorkhaland state, as a result of which troops from the Centre were also called in.

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CM Mamata noted the 'strategic importance' of the area known as 'Chicken Neck' in West Bengal which connects the North-eastern states of India to the rest of the nation.

An official in the state Home Department was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “The area is very important geopolitically. It connects Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sikkim, Darjeeling hills, Northeast India and the rest of India. It will be a great cause of concern if China is found to be influencing the unrest in Darjeeling. In terms of the country’s foreign policy with these countries which border Bengal, the state government must be made a party by the Centre.”

The Trinamool Congress has raised concerns over China's 'growing interference in West Bengal before as well.

Last week, party general secretary and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee had said, “There has been support from foreign lands to the unrest in the hills, and we have definite proof of that.”