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Apolitical forum candidate for LS polls raises statehood call

Last Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 15:35

Darjeeling: The consensual candidate for Darjeeling Dooars United Development Foundation (DDUDF) for 2014 general elections Mahendra P Lama today said he will work towards achieving statehood if elected.

The former Sikkim University vice-chancellor said the demand for a separate state has not been taken up in earnest and vowed to make every possible effort towards fulfilling the "more than 107-year old aspiration of the hills if elected MP."

"We never reached the parliament, in our 67-year history our main agenda was raise for 6-8 times only," Lama told a public rally.

The meeting held under DDUDF banner had leaders of political and apolitical bodies.

Lama said the, "DDUDF has not been formed to pass comment on political parties or to make enemies. We want to move forward for a separate state together."

First Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 15:35

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