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Cry in party for House debate – Section of Morcha leaders wants BJP to move motion for

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 3, 2009

Darjeeling, Aug. 2: A section of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leadership wants the BJP to move a motion in favour of Gorkhaland in the Lok Sabha so that their demand is debated and the views of other political parties on statehood is revealed.

With Darjeeling MP Jaswant Singh raising the issue while speaking on the finance bill on July 24, some Morcha leaders believe that the momentum should not be lost.

“It has been a good beginning. Not only Jaswant Singh but Sushma Swaraj and Rajiv Pratap Rudy also mentioned Gorkhaland in their speeches in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. We, however, believe that the BJP should soon follow it up with a motion,” said a central committee leader of the Morcha.

The leader said the issue was being discussed within the Morcha, but a final decision had not yet been taken.

“If a motion is moved and accepted by the chairperson, it will ensure a healthy debate. Unlike other questions that are raised during special mention of public importance, it is mandatory for the government to answer to a motion,” said the leader.

According to the Morcha, if the BJP moves a motion in favour of Gorkhaland, it can be assumed that it is the party’s official stand on the demand. “A party usually uses its whip and directs all its members to support a particular motion in case of a division (in the House),” the leader added. Division is a parliamentary parlance for voting for or against a motion.

“No MLAs from the hills could move a motion in the Assembly as at least one tenth of the total number of members must sign and submit the application for it,” the Morcha leader said.

The Darjeeling hills only has three MLAs in the Assembly and they do not fulfil the one-tenth criteria. “But the BJP has the required numbers in the Lok Sabha,” he added.

Binay Tamang, the assistant secretary of the Morcha, admitted that certain leaders were talking about the need to introduce the motion. “The party, however, has not yet decided whether to write an official letter to the BJP or not.”

Source:The Telegraph

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