Mamata hits out at Modi’s ‘diplomatic failure’, Trinamool for China standoff debate

New Delhi/Kolkata, July 17 (IANS) The Trinamool Congress has moved the Rajya Sabha for a “priority” discussion on stand-off with China in Doklam area in Sikkim sector as party supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at the Narendra Modi government for India’s “deteriorating” relations with neighbours.

Banerjee, speaking to the media after casting her vote in the Presidential polls on Monday, alleged her state is the “biggest sufferer” due to the Modi regime’s “diplomatic failure”.

According to Trinamool’s official Twitter handle, the party has submitted a “Notice (Rule267) in Rajya Sabha for Tuesday to discus Indo-China issue on a priority & suspend all other business”.

“Bengal is sandwiched and so we are worst sufferers. Bengal is bordered by Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. We want good relations with Bangladesh,” Banerjee told the media at the Bengal assembly.

“If Sikkim goes to China… there being no difference between Sikkim and Darjeeling as they are adjacent… Siliguri corridor is Chicken’s Neck, then due to the Centre’s faults and because of the deteriorating relations (with neighbours) due to its failure to officiate diplomatically, the central government has ruined ties with Bangladesh, Nepal and China as also Bhutan,” she said.

“They (the government) are using border agencies… we are biggest sufferers. We are the victim of the circumstances. Bengal is the gateway to Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan,” she added.

Her comments come in the wake of a standoff with China in the Doklam area in Sikkim sector.

Banerjee also alleged intelligence agencies’ collusion with the central government in opening up borders.

“Where is NIA, RAW, NSA? Intelligence? Why are the borders kept open? What is SSB, IB, RAW doing here? How people belonging to the Jamaat are being allowed inside?” she asked.

“I have communicated to the Ministry of External Affairs… why a BJP affiliate burnt effigy of Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh Prime Minister) here. Why is gun training being given in the name of Vishva Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) Durga Vahini?”

“I have videos. In Assam, training in gunfight is being given… even in Jammu. Is this the action of a government? Or the government will run a parallel government… sometimes in the name of cow vigilantes and sometimes in the name of ‘vahinis’? Every agency is supporting this, I am sorry to say,” she added.

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