Darjeeling BJP cry for Gorkhaland

The Telegraph

Darjeeling, March 25: The Darjeeling district committee of the BJP today adopted a resolution for the creation of Gorkhaland and announced that the party would organise political programmes in favour of statehood.

“Jaswant Singh had won the elections as a BJP candidate. The hill people had voted him for a separate state. Now, we find that the party (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) which was spearheading the movement is talking about an interim set-up. The Morcha seems to have taken rest but we have decided to go ahead with the agitation,” said Dawa Sherpa, who today relieved his charge as the working president of the district committee.

However, Sherpa, the newly appointed state secretary of the BJP, did not categorically oppose the “interim set-up” mooted by the Morcha. “It is their stand, but we are for Gorkhaland,” he said.

It is to be seen whether the committee’s stand will hamper relations between the Morcha and the BJP’s central leadership. The Morcha had virtually bypassed the state leaders while striking an electoral alliance with the BJP. The BJP state leadership had distanced itself from the Gorkhaland issue.

Asked if the state leadership would accept the resolution, Sherpa said: “The state leadership has not fully rejected the demand. Nonetheless, we passed the resolution today and the state leaders can make clear their stand.”

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