The BJPs promise to create a separate Telangana within three months of getting elected has fuelled the Gorkha Janmukti Morchas aspiration of a separate state of Gorkhaland. In a closed-door meeting of the party held in Darjeeling on late Thursday night,all the leaders resolved to fight for the separate state,terming the newly formed Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) as the first step in achieving Gorkhaland.
The GJM leaders are of the opinion that if the BJP comes to power after the next general election due for 2014 and Telangana is carved out of Andhra Pradesh as promised,then they would pressurise the Central government for Gorkhaland in return for the support of the people of the Hills. It is to be noted that BJP leader Jaswant Singh is an MP from Darjeeling,who won after getting the backing from the GJM in the 2009 polls.
According to the insiders,GTA chief Bimal Gurung has directed party members to prepare themselves for the next course of action,which will be about achieving the separate state.
We have taken a resolution to start Gorkhaland movement again and we will try to get maximum autonomy through the GTA. We are yet to get all the departments,but as soon as all our departments would start operating independently,we can act like a state, said an executive member of the GTA and a senior member of the GJM.
Only we need to have the powers for being a state,which we do not have at present in the GTA agreement, the leader added.
Another senior GJM leader said they had never dropped the issue of Gorkhaland. We have always closely watched the developments taking place over the Telangana issue. Once the Telengana state is carved out,well have to have Gorkhaland to have the support of our people, the leader added.
Significantly,the transfer of power all the departments to the GTA is yet to take place,though the state government had promised to complete the process by August 31. A delegation of senior GJM leaders would meet Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh on September 10 to discuss the issue of power transfer.
We are yet to get maximum autonomy and the power transfer process is yet to be completed, rued another GJM leader.
Meanwhile,state BJP president Rahul Sinha said his party has always been in favour of Gorkhaland.
Our party always supports formation of small states. We support the cause of Telangana. We also support the cause of Gorkhaland as people of the Hills have been neglected for decades, Sinha said.