The Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League has come out openly in support of Darjeeling-Sikkim merger. The change in stand on the part of ABGL perhaps emanates from a Sikkim based political party led by Mr. Duknath Nepal calling for the merger.
Speaking at a public rally organized yesterday, Mr. Pratap Khati of ABGL said, “Article 3 of the constitution of India provides for such a merger, and the White Paper released by the Government of West Bengal in 1980s clearly states that these Darjeeling region belong to Sikkim and not Bengal… hence a merger with Sikkim is welcome political solution which all of us should support.”
Coming down heavily on Bengal government, Mr. Khati added, “The west Bengal government has indulged in linguistic imperialism and exploitation of our hills… so separation from Bengal on the basis of linguistic differences is very possible… we have to come together, and the time is now…”
Commenting on the upcoming Municipal elections Mr. Khati further said, “In the Municipality areas the Gorkhas are gradually becoming a minority… much like Sikkim and rest of North-east, an Inner Line Permit should be immediately implemented in Darjeeling region… this time around… please select educated and qualified people as your candidates… don’t vote for a party… vote for those who will bring in change…”
Speaking on the recent controversy surrounding DS Gurung and AB Gurung, Mr. Khati said, “those who do not know anything about these historic personalities should not speak randomly… it is embarrassing to see someone who established a statue of Ari Bahadur Gurung in Lal Kothi come to Kalimpong and speak against this great Gorkha icon…”
Questioning the role played by Bengal government and CBI in weakening the Madan Tamang assassination case, Mr. Khati said, “Madan Tamang was not just the Chief of our Party he symbolized a true Gorkha who could not be silenced… we won’t rest till justice is done…”
Mr. Khati concluded his speech by reiterating, “unless and until we get separated from Bengal, the future of Gorkha jaati is insecure… the status of Gorkha community has become deplorable today due to a few sell out politicians in the past… we have to realize who these sellouts are… and support those who are true, sincere and honest towards the Gorkha cause.”
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