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Bengal 'biggest sufferer' due to Centre's failure: Mamata

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Lambasting the central for India's "deteriorating" relations with neighbours China, and Bangladesh, Chief Minister alleged her state is the "biggest sufferer" due to the Modi-led regime's "diplomatic failure".

"Bengal is sandwiched and so we are worst sufferers. Bengal is bordered by Bhutan, and We want good relations with Bangladesh," she told the media at the assembly here.

"If Sikkim goes to .. 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 has ruined ties with Bangladesh, and as also Bhutan," the Trinamool Congress supremo said.

"They are using border agencies... we are biggest sufferers. We are the victim of the circumstances. Bengal is the gateway to Bangladesh, and Bhutan," she added.

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

The Bengal Chief Minister also alleged intelligence agencies are in collusion with the central 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 (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 Or the will run a parallel .. 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.

--IANS

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