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When questioned about the measures being taken to provide relief to the victims of landslides in Darjeeling, Minister of Relief and Rehabilitation Mortaza Hussain responded that the affected people will be provided with lungis and dhotis along with other relief materials.

Santa Chetri the MLA from Kurseong protested:

The people of the hills do not wear dhoti or lungi, they wear trousers.
But Hussain remained adamant:
According to standard practice, we provide only dhoti and lungi for those who have been affected by a natural calamity. We are bound by rules.
Rules regarding dhotis and lungis? Maybe I am just being cynical but in all probability any such rule if at all it exists is a result of a comfortable little deal between dhoti manufacturers and politicians. You scratch my back, i scratch yours.


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