Darjeeling unrest: Don’t support new state based on language, community, says BJP

"They (GJM) had first placed a 17-point charter of demands. There was no mention of a separate Gorkhaland. While 1.12 crore Gorkhas live in India, only 15 to 20 lakh stay in the Darjeeling Hills. If we solve the problem of the Hill people, we are not solving problem of the entire community."

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:June 24, 2017 5:07 am
bjp west bengal, dilip ghosh, indian express BJP West Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh (Express photo by Partha Paul)

Amid the indefinite shutdown call given by GJM in the Darjeeling Hills, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday said his party does not support the creation of a state on the basis of language or community. Speaking to mediapersons in Malda district, Ghosh said: “They (GJM) had first placed a 17-point charter of demands. There was no mention of a separate Gorkhaland. They demanded overall development of the community, which we had supported. While 1.12 crore Gorkhas live in India, only 15 to 20 lakh stay in the Darjeeling Hills. If we solve the problem of the Hill people, we are not solving problem of the entire community.

“We want the development of the entire community and not just those living in the Hills. We do not support the demand for a separate state on the basis of language or community,” he added

Accusing the Mamata government creating the unrest in the Hills, Ghosh said: “… The government has no intention to resolve the issue… We want a tripartite meeting among state and central governments and GJM to find a permanent solution to the issue.” The BJP wants the restoration of peace in the Hills and the overall development of the people there, he added

Ghosh maintained that the unrest in the Hills could not be solved by force or repressive politics. “Former chief ministers Jyoti Basu and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee could not solve it by force and Banerjee too will not succeed in doing so if she continues to use sticks and bullets.

He went on to accuse both the state government and GJM of doing are doing politics over the issue. “They should talk to the Centre to find solutions to this issue,” said Ghosh.

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    Lovely
    Jun 24, 2017 at 5:56 pm
    BJP wants to impose Hindi on non Hindi states , so Mamta wants to impose Bengali on Gorkhas. BJP is playing with fire. It will pay price in 2019
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    Samir Thapa
    Jun 24, 2017 at 4:09 pm
    Long Live Gorkha.land ! The state BJP of West Bengal will never come to power if it does not have the courage to stand for the truth. Accepting and recognizing Gorkha.land is giving justice to fellow countrymen.
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    Paritosh
    Jun 24, 2017 at 8:07 am
    The peaceful atmosphere to be created for any fruitful meeting. While GJM should agree to parti te in the Tripar e talk, On behalf of West Bengal administration , they should also create a peaceful atmosphere. It appears that WB administration under the leadership of Mamata has imposed an emergency like situation on the people of Darjeeling by blocking internet services, by police raids, by issuing police warrants against Gurung and their leaders, by choking peaceful rallies and demonstrations in Darjeeling etc.Three Gor nd supporters are already killed. Mamta is very angry with GJM and using excessive use of force out of her anger is not correct.It further complicate the situation. Both Mamta and GJM are in a mood of head on collision. At the same time Center is in wait and watch policy. They should also initiate the dialouge process. This is a vital issue and BJP should not expect to have a political gain from this. Central Govt. should do their duty.
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    Black and Blue
    Jun 24, 2017 at 7:23 am
    where was this Fekhu BJP chief all this time, after initiating, instigating and inciting trouble in the hills, with blessings from the center, Probably BJP,s attempt to destabilize the state Govt. failed.
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