KURSEONG, 23 Mar 2014: To adequately address the identity issue of the Nepali speaking people, especially that of the Gorkha community, the Nepali language should be given the linguistic minority status, former Rajya Sabha MP and CPM candidate from Darjeeling Saman Pathak said during a party programme today at Gorkha Jan Pustakalay in Kurseong.
According to Pathak neither separate Gorkhaland state nor can the sixth schedule and any autonomous body resolve the identity crisis of the Gorkha population in the country.
He also lambasted the BJP party and the Congress for allegedly playing with the sentiments of the hill people to get their votes in the forthcoming general election.
He said the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which has decided to Support BJP in the Lok Sabha poll, must understand that the BJP is a pro-Hindu communal party and it never respects the ideology secularism.
Taking a dig at the Congress party the CPM leader said, “Everyone in country now comprehend the fact that how corrupt the Congress party is as well as its government.” He also slammed the party over the issue of price hike of the essential commodities during its rule.
Attacking the state ruling party Trinamool Congress, he said TMC is a party which is applying the noxious divide and rule policy in the hills to secure its seats.
Appealing the people of the Hills to vote for CPM, Pathak said the party wants a permanent political solution in Darjeeling hills through Amendment 244 of the Sixth Schedule status to Darjeeling hills. He also said that the party has been demanding North-East status to Darjeeling hills.
CAPTION: CPM Darjeeling LS constituency candidate Saman Pathak speaking during a party meeting in Kurseong on Sunday.
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