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Tamang slams BJP over Gorkhaland apathy

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 1, 2009

Kurseong, 31 JULY: The All India Gorkha League (AIGL) chief, Mr Madan Tamang, today criticised the BJP party for not seriously attempting to further the Gorkhaland demand.
Mr Tamang said that Mr Jaswant Singh and Mrs Sushma Swaraj have only just mentioned the demand of Gorkhaland, recently, in Parliament during the discussion on the financial Bill. He added that the BJP hasn’t raised question officially in the parliament in favour of Gorkhaland, so far.
Mr Tamang also clarified that to raise the demand of Gorkhaland in Parliament officially, the BJP have to first pass a resolution in support of Gorkhaland in the BJP’s National Executive. “In this manner the BJP party is playing with the Hills people’s aspirations,” said Mr Tamang.
Regarding the indefinite strike, Mr Tamang said: “To pressurise the government we have used calls for strikes but by exempting the tea gardens from the bandh preview and by paying tea taxes we are not pressurising them enough and the calls for such strikes become useless, hence we have to think hard and take decisions to put pressure on the government in totality.”
In the meantime, Mr Tamang said that over the last 20 years there has been no administration in the hills and presently even the police administration is moving around only under the permission of the GLP. He also said that the AIGL has recently sent a deputation to the Union home ministry, demanding the implementation of Article 357 in the Darjeeling hills.
He added that the sixth schedule has yet to be abolished and this must be done if Gorkhaland is going to be furthered.

Source:The Statesman

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