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Kurseong 17 March: While showing signs of the party likely to support BJP candidate SS Ahluwalia for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists (CPRM) has echoed the Gorkkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) and said the Trinamul Congress-led state government and its leadership is “dictatorial” when it comes to issues of the Darjeeling Hills.
In an interaction with reporters here today, CPRM spokesperson Govind Chettri said all the “things happening in the Hills” of late are “pre-planned and politically motivated.”
He was referring to the recent arrest of a GJMM leader and the attack on Trinamul supporters in Darjeeling on Saturday.
While the TMC has accused the GJMM of attacking its supporters near Patleybaas in the Tukver valley, the GJMM said it was the TMC’s own conspiracy to defame the Hill party.
“The Election Commission also seems to be biased on these incidents and it seems to favour the state government, but it the election body should look into the matter seriously,” Mr Chettri said.
Speaking separately on Saturday, Mr Chettri confirmed that his party is in touch with the BJP leadership over the Lok Sabha polls.
He hinted that his party may support Mr Ahluwalia, the BJP candidate that the GJMM is also supporting.
“A final decision on the poll support will be taken at the right time,” he, however, said.
According to him, the CPRM is demanding that the BJP include the demand for a separate of Gorkhaland in its election manifesto.
On the attack on the TMC supporters, Mr Chhetri said the incident was pre-planned by the TMC and politically motivated so that the TMC government, through the local administration, can pressurise the GJMM in various ways.
According to him, no untoward incident occurred in the Hills when the TMC and the GJMM had good ties.
“But soon after the GJMM decided to support the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections, the TMC began to act against Bimal Gurung’s party (GJMM),” he said.
“We are not saying that we like the GJMM activities, but in a democracy, anyone can take their own decision to support or not to support anyone,” he added.
On the Lok Sabha poll support, Mr Chettri, however, said that they will think of other options if talks with the BJP fail.
According to him, in such a scenario, they could support independent candidate Mahendra P Lama in the Darjeeling constituency.
CPRM is likely to support the BJP party
KURSEONG, 17 Mar 2014: The CPRM is likely to support the BJP party and its candidate S S Ahluwalia in the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency. However, the final decision will be made at the right time taking the political development in mind.
It was learnt that for the past several days they have been busy contacting BJP leadership to discuss their issue in connection with the coming general election.
When asked, the CPRM spokesperson, Govind Chettri said that so far, nothing was finalized by the party for the 2014 Lok Sabha election. But it is true that they have been keeping in touch with the BJP leadership. He further added that the CPRM party is demanding from the BJP party to include the demand of a separate of Gorkhaland in its national election manifesto.
Mr. Chettri further added that we have learnt that the BJP is likely to give ‘support for smaller states’ in its manifesto but we have been demanding that they include a separate state of Gorkhaland in their manifesto as we have felt that the BJP failed to keep their sincerity with the demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland. He said that in the last LS polls, all the people of the hills had extended their support to the BJP party and its candidate, Mr. Jaswant Singh but recently, after the political developments on Telangana, when a Bodo MP called for a separate Bodoland in the parliament, accordingly a committee was initiated for Bodoland. During the development the Darjeeling MP had kept mum instead of shouting for Gorkhaland as well. Hence, we now demand a clean and clear announcement from the BJP party, regarding our paramount aspiration of Gorkhaland.
He also informed that they have now been trying to contact central BJP leadership on the same issue. If no any development between them is made, then, the CPRM party would think of another option, through which, they could go for in support of Dr. Mahendra P Lama, an independent candidate from Darjeeling constituency. He said, Dr. Lama has been talking about a separate state as well as he has been avoiding the term Gorkhaland, hence before giving support to Dr. Lama, we will discuss on different aspects since we have been facing an identity and political security crisis.
Mr. Chettri questioned, when several states of the country, including the recent Telangana was formed in the name of a community, then, how come, Gorkhaland is being termed and considered a communal demand, he asked.
He also informed that not only the BJP party but they have kept their door open for other parties as well but our main demand is that these parties should put a separate Gorkhaland in their manifesto if we were to be asked for our support from the CPRM party. The CPRM will announce its final decision regarding LS polls within 23 March, taking the political developments and changes if they happen in mind.
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