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Pranab Mukherjee going against party line: R Moktan

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 22, 2009

GANGTOK, July 21: Sikkim National Front (SNF) has slammed the anti-Gorkhaland stand of the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee who had recently publicly stated that ‘Bengal will never be divided for creation of Gorkhaland’.
The statements clearly reflect the narrow minded mentality of the West Bengal leaders, said SNF president R Moktan in a press statement.
“The moot point here is that the proposed territories of Gorkhaland was never a part of West Bengal and hence, the question of division of West Bengal never arises at all”, said Mr. Moktan.
Mr. Mukherjee should first understand that whether the demand of Gorkhaland is unconstitutional or not and whether the proposed territories of Gorkhaland were ever a part of West Bengal, said Mr. Moktan.
The SNF president further pointed out that the election manifesto of Congress states that the national party will try its best to fulfill the demands of separate States considering the backwardness of few areas in big States.
The stand of Congress is clear and Mr. Mukherjee is going against the party’s line, asserted Mr. Motkan.
The SNF president also suggested the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha which is spearheading the Gorkhaland demand to make a slight change in its strategy and draw the attention of the nation towards why the West Bengal should not be divided.

Source: Sikkim Express

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