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Form Gorkhaland to give rights to locals: Jaswant

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 17, 2009

New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) Darjeeling MP and senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh today demanded formation of Gorkhaland state out of West Bengal to give “political and economic rights” to the locals and in keeping with the strategic location of the area.

“Gorkhaland is a part of India and the demand (of the locals) is for a small state within India,” Singh said at a function held here to release a booklet, “Why Gorkhaland?”.

“BJP has always been in favour of small states and had specifically mentioned Gorkhaland and Telengana in its election manifesto,” he added.

Singh, who contested from Darjeeling as BJP candidate with Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha’s support, said the Indian government should realise the strategic importance of the constituency and its adjoining areas as it shares international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal.


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