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CPRM writes to GJM for adopting ‘Nepali language movement’ strategies for Gorkhaland

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 20, 2009

DARJEELING, June 19: The CPRM general secretary RB Rai has written to Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung that Gorkhaland is possible even if BJP has failed to form the government at the Centre. But for this to happen, the role of the Darjeeling MP and BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh is crucial and he must rope in support of as many as MPs he can for Gorkhaland, said Mr. Rai in his letter to the GJM chief. In his letter, Mr. Rai has highlighted the 1990’s campaign launched for inclusion of Nepali language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution. We had managed to get a majority support of MPs for recognition of Nepali language and similarly, it is crucial that Jaswant Singh should collect signatures in support of Gorkhaland from the NDA MPs and MPs of other parties, he has pointed out in his letter. “There is no doubt that Gorkhaland will happen if Mr. Singh can collect signature support from a majority of MPs in the Parliament”, Mr. Rai said in his letter. Speaking to media, Mr. Rai said the democratic movement for Gorkhaland should be made Parliament specific to remind the responsibility that BJP has towards the people of Darjeeling. Strongly advocating for a campaign on the lines of ‘Nepali language movement’, Mr. Rai said the Gorkhaland protagonists must adopt the policies and strategies used for the successful Nepali language movement which had called for roping in support of majority MPs in the Parliament. It is important that Jaswant Singh must initiate such measures for Gorkhaland, he said.

Source: Sikkim Express

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