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Siliguri: CHIEF Minister Mamata Banerjee today urged the Centre not to back Bimal Gurung in Darjeeling just for the sake of one Lok Sabha seat.

The appeal came from the dais of the Darjeeling Business Summit that the Chief Minister inaugurated today. The summit will continue tomorrow.

“I request Delhi not to back any anti-peace person just to gain one (Lok Sabha) seat. We want to rebuild Darjeeling and need peace and stability for this,” she said without naming Gurung though.

The Chief Minister, who had to deal with a massive unrest and bloodshed in the Darjeeling Hills for nearly four months at a stretch last year, today said that she doesn’t want a competition of bloodshed.

“I want to rebuild a prosperous Darjeeling. Peace and stability are a must for this. Let there be competition for development and not bloodshed. Peace is necessary for industrial growth. You ensure peace in the hills, I will usher in development,” she said in her address.

Assuring industrialists that she will stand by them through thick and thin, the Chief Minister said that they should explore investing in Darjeeling Hills in sectors like tourism, tea, transport, IT, horticulture, food processing, handicrafts, agriculture, etc.