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Fresh demands surging for Gorkhaland

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 25, 2009

GANGTOK, 24 JULY: The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, an apolitical body, has urged the SDF led state government to table a resolution for a separate Gorkhaland state in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly. The Assembly would meet for the Budget Session beginning on 27 July.
Describing the statement of BJP MP, Mrs Sushma Swaraj in the Lok Sabha as a positive development, the BGP working president, Mr CK Shrestha said that it would go a long way in creating an atmosphere for the creation of Gorkhaland.
Mr Shrestha further informed that the BGP would soon meet Mr Luizinho Faleiro, Sikkim state in-charge of the Congress party to seek the Congress party’s support for the Gorkhaland cause.
Attributing the confusion over the identity of the Gorkhas in the country to the 1950 Indo-Nepal treaty, Mr Shrestha stressed on securing an exclusive Nepali language channel in Doordarshan.
The BGP also demanded to be empowered with the authority to issue Gorkha certificate to those aspiring to join the armed forces.
Mr Shreshtha informed that the new BGP National Council, National Executive and National office bearers would be elected during the triennial National Convention of the BGP to be held in Siliguri in October this year.

Source: The Statesman

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