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Give me peace, I will give you prosperity, Mamata tells Darjeeling

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (File Photo: IANS)

Darjeeling, March 13: Months after violence and tension erupted in the north West Bengal hills centering the Gorkhland movement, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asked the political outfits in Darjeeling to maintain peace and ensure no form of violence returns to the region.

“Please give us peace, we will give you prosperity, that is our commitment. That is our assurance,” Banerjee said here after inaugurating the first ‘Hill Business Summit’, nearly six months after the longest ever shutdown in the Darjeeling hills was withdrawn.

“Please see Darjeeling is clean and green. Please ensure that there isn’t any violence. If there is violence, some political leaders might gain, but the people of Darjeeling won’t gain from it. The young generation would become more and more impatient,” she said.

The Chief Minister also announced that her government would provide Rs 100 crore for promotional development of job oriented industries in the region.

“Let’s first make a start. Our government is fully ready to help you. I can also assure you on behalf of the industrialists that they will give you full cooperation,” she said.

Banerjee said special focus would be given to agriculture, horticulture industries, food processing zones, nurturing of orchids and developing IT infrastructure in the region.

She also requested the industrialists present at the meeting as well as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to prepare an action plan specially for Darjeeling where people are suffering from acute water problems.

“I think the youth of Darjeeling are skilled. They have a lot of potential. They can be used in different industrial sectors. Two IT parks would be set up in Kalimpong and Darjeeling. It can be done in Kurseong and Mirik too. IT has a lot of scope here,” she said.

Noting people from around the world want to come to Darjeeling because of its beauty, Banerjee said there is enough scope for the tourism and transport industry to thrive there.

“Let’s compete on the basis of development. I want the people of Darjeeling to be well,” she added.

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Kamal Nath to be sworn-in on Dec 17

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Bhopal, Dec 14 : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath will be sworn-in at a ceremony here on December 17, said the 72-year-old veteran Congress leader, himself, outside the Raj Bhavan here as he came out after meeting Governor Anandiben Patel.

The ceremony will be held at the Lal Parade Ground here

The party won 114 seats in the 230-member House. It fell short by two seats off the halfway-mark, but secured support of a total of 121 MLAs, including Samajwadi Party – one, Bahujan Samaj Party – two, and also of four Independents, to cross the majority mark of 116 seats.

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KC Rao appoints son as TRS Working President

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Hyderabad, Dec 14: Telangana Chief Minister and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) supremo K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Friday appointed his son K.T. Rama Rao as the Working President of the party.

KCR, entrusted the  prime responsibility to his son popular as KTR and seen as number two in the party and the government.

According to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office, K. Chandrashekhar Rao has entrusted the responsibility of taking forward the party in accordance with his plan, to KTR, the most trusted person in the party, according to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.

“CM KCR strongly believes and is confident that the working style, the commitment, the direction and leadership qualities of KTR will help in leading the TRS party efficiently and effectively by him in the days to come.”

The decision comes  a day after, KCR took over as the Chief Minister for a second consecutive term, following his party’s victory in the recently held Assembly elections.

KTR, only son of KCR, was re-elected to the Assembly from Sircilla constituency.

KTR served as Minister for Industry and Information Technology in the previous cabinet.

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Kamal Nath is new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh

“Rahul Gandhi has chosen Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister,” party observer A.K. Antony said at the legislature party meeting.

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Bhopal, Dec 14 : Congress leader Kamal Nath was on Thursday chosen as the new Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, heralding Congress rule in the state after 15 years.

Kamal Nath, who flew in here late in the evening, was formally chosen leader of the state Congress legislature party after party President Rahul Gandhi decided on his name over the other aspirant Jyotiraditya Scindia.

“Rahul Gandhi has chosen Kamal Nath as the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister,” party observer A.K. Antony said at the legislature party meeting.

Kamal Nath told the gathering that he would fulfil all the promises made in the party’s manifesto.

“I assure every voter of Madhya Pradesh that we will fulfil our promises. The people have stood with the truth,” he said.

He thanked the party workers for effectively taking the message to people in the Assembly elections.

Later, talking to reporters, Kamal Nath said he would meet the state Governor Anandiben Patel on Friday morning to decide on the day and time of his swearing in.

“I shall strive to be true to the trust that the people of Madhya Pradesh have reposed in me,” he said.

Kamal Nath was accompanied at the meeting by Scindia. Both Kamal Nath and Scindia flew to Bhopal late in the evening after four-hour-long consultations with Gandhi.

An apparent reason for Congress President Rahul Gandhi choosing Kamal Nath over Scindia as Chief Minster is the nature of verdict in the state where the party is short of majority by two seats.

The Congress won 114 seats, two seats short of majority in a tight contest, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finished a close second with 109 seats in the 230-member House.

The party is dependent on the Independents to cross the half-way mark even as the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party have extended the support of their three MLAs. Kamal Nath is seen as someone who can deftly manage allies and supporting parties.

The decision came two days after the election results were declared in Madhya Pradesh.

Kamal Nath, a former Union Minister, was appointed Madhya Pradesh Congress chief only seven months back and immersed himself in preparations for the Assembly polls in the state where the BJP had been in power for 15 years.

He is the senior-most member of the Lok Sabha, having won nine elections.

Although the Congress is also poised to form governments in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, no decision has yet been taken on the Chief Ministers in the two states.

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