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Gorkha issue to be fixed after BJP comes to power in Bengal: Amit Shah

Gorkhas had long been demanding a separate state, and several movements have been launched by the community over the years, the latest being in 2017.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: April 14, 2021 3:39:12 am
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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the BJP will try to find a permanent political solution for the Gorkhas in Darjeeling hills once it comes to power in West Bengal.

Addressing a public meeting in Darjeeling, Shah said, “Today, I promise that a permanent political solution to the Gorkha problem will be reached by the double-engine government of the BJP – the one at the Centre and another in Bengal. You will not have to resort to agitations anymore.”

While a separate state of Gorkhaland has been a longstanding demand of the Gorkhas living in Darjeeling district, Shah, however, neither mentioned the word ‘Gorkhaland’ in his speech nor specified what solution he was referring to.

He reiterated that Gorkhas will face no harm from the NRC. “Some leaders were asking me about the NRC (National Register of Citizens). I said there is no plan to implement NRC here. Even if the exercise is carried out in future, Gorkhas need not worry about it,” he said.

Accusing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of putting a “full stop on the development work in Darjeeling”, the BJP leader said that once his party comes to power in the state, it will set up a Darjeeling Municipal Corporation and solve the drinking water crisis.

Shah claimed that the TMC chief tried to destroy the bond shared by the BJP and the Gorkhas by instituting criminal cases against “some”.

“Didi (Mamata Banerjee) has got many killed and instituted cases against many. The BJP, after coming to power, will give amnesty to all such people,” he said, without naming anyone.

GJM leader Bimal Gurung, a former ally of BJP, had gone into hiding after several criminal charges were initiated against him for allegedly leading a violent statehood agitation in 2017. He resurfaced in October last year and extended his support to the TMC.

Later, addressing a public meeting at Nagrakata in Jalpaiguri district, Shah took a jibe at Banerjee for calling BJP leaders “outsiders” and said it is the TMC, Left and Congress who have to depend on outsiders.

With PTI Inputs

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