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Jaswant Singh for creation of separate Gorkhaland

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 25, 2009

New Delhi, Jul 24 (PTI) Accusing the Left Front government in West Bengal of ignoring the Darjeeling Hills, senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh today demanded creation of a separate Gorkhaland.

Singh also demanded more funds under the cyclone Aila package which is directly applicable to Darjeeling district.

Initiating debate on the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha, the Darjeeling MP wondered “what wrong the Gorkhas have done not to deserve a separate state.”

Welcoming the tripartite talks on the issue, he said the demand for Gorkhaland has been one of the oldest demands.

He said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had been a Defence Minister and should understand the special importance of the Darjeeling district which shares international boundaries with Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and China.

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