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Darjeeling MLAs raise Gorkhaland issue in Assembly

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 9, 2009

DARJEELING, July 08: The two MLAs from Darjeeling hills, Pranay Rai and Gaulan Lepcha today raised the demand for separate State of Gorkhaland in the West Bengal legislative Assembly at Kolkata which attracted protests from the members of the ruling party.
“We faced protest in the House when we raised the demand for separate State of Gorkhaland”, said Mr. Rai over phone from Kolkata.
Informing that the Darjeeling MLAs had demanded minority community status for the Gorkha community, Mr. Rai questioned why the one crore population of Gorkha community in the country has not been given the minority community status. We must be given the minority community status, he said.
Regarding the Gorkhaland demand, Mr. Rai said that the separate State of Gorkhaland must be given for the constitutional rights of the Gorkha community in the nation.
“Today whenever an Indian is discriminated it becomes a global issue. But we, the Nepali speaking people are discriminated in our land on basis on our colour and shape. This I had placed in the House today”, said Mr. Rai. I also raised the plight of Chattrey Subba and the lack of any facilities for hill students studying in Kolkata, he added.

Source:Sikkim Express

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