The Darjeeling Hills pose serious challenges to the TMC government. There is a strong demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland. Mamata Banerjee formed the autonomous Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), so residents could manage their own affairs. However, the demand for Gorkhaland has gained impetus after the creation of Telanagna from the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
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Although the prime minister praised Banerjee for her achievement in developing West Bengal, her continued anti-Modi approach will create more difficulties for her and the state. The previous government left office with a huge debt of over $330 million. Banerjee must address the debt repayment problem, but she is distancing herself from the central government. She has little choice but to work out her issues with New Delhi in order to improve West Bengal.