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BJP for review of GJMM’s approach to Gorkhaland

Posted by Ramesh Khati on June 26, 2009

SILIGURI, 25 JUNE: The BJP today called upon the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) to review its fast track approach towards the Gorkhaland demand, clearly hinting that the statehood aspiration emanating from Darjeeling Hills may not be achievable by the March 2010 deadline fixed by the GJMM chief, Mr Bimal Gurung.
“With the UPA coming to power in Delhi, there is a need to review the fast track approach towards Gorkhaland and to reformulate the statehood agitation as a whole,” the BJP national spokesperson, Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, said at a news conference in Siliguri this afternoon.
The comment has come a day after Mr Rudy held a three-hour long meeting with GJMM chief, Mr Gurung and other party leaders in Darjeeling yesterday, over the BJP’s probable role in realising the demanded statehood.
“There is no denial that as far as the BJP is concerned, the NDA not coming to power is a set back for the Gorkhaland demand. But the BJP would continue its stride to raise the issue both within the Parliament and outside. Our Darjeeling MP, Mr Jaswant Singh, will facilitate workshops, seminars with influential groups in Delhi in favour of the Gorkhaland issue,” Mr Rudy said.
Adding further, he said that both the GJMM and the BJP were waiting for the third round of tripartite talks to be convened by the Centre on the Darjeeling impasse.
“A joint delegate from our parties recently met the Union home minister, Mr P Chidambaram, in Delhi urging him to hold the third round of talks. We are waiting for a positive response,” Mr Rudy said.
GJMM central committee leader, Mr Amar Lama, who was also present at the meeting, said that the party would soon announce a fresh agitation on the Gorkhaland issue and that might include an indefinite Hills strike as well.
“We agree with the BJP’s suggestion to reformulate the agitation, but I must make it clear that the GJMM would decide its own course of action. We had supported the BJP in Lok Sabha polls because it was the only national party that took a sympathetic approach towards Gorkhaland. For us, it hardly matters if the NDA has come to power or not. We know the statehood will have to be achieved through struggle,” Mr Lama said.

Source:-The Statesman

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