Gorkhaland issue to be raised in WB Assembly: GJM
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 10:25
Kolkata: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), contesting the elections for the first time, will raise the Gorkhaland issue in the West Bengal Assembly if its representatives are elected.

"We want to go to the Assembly to raise our voice for a separate Gorkhaland and if we are not allowed to place that demand then we will certainly walk out and send our resignation," GJM spokesperson Harka Bahadur Chetri said over phone.

When reminded that the government and the two major political parties, CPI(M) and opposition Trinamool Congress, were against a separate Gorkhaland and unlikely to allow the GJM to raise the issue, Chetri was undaunted.

"If we win the elections then it is certain that the people of the hills are with us and if the government wants to throttle the voice of the people then we have no reason to stay there," he said.

"We are not against democracy and we have full faith in the Constitution and the voice of the majority of the people should be respected but the government of West Bengal is ignoring the popular demand," Chetri added.

Chetri who is also contesting from Kalimpong Assembly constituency said, "After a lot of consideration we have decided to contest in the elections because if we don't contest and the election is won by the GNLF (Gorkha National Liberation Front) or ABGL (Akhil Bharatiya Gorkha League) then their voice will be considered to be the voice of the hills."

"This will not be justice to the people of the hills" Chetri added.


First Published: Sunday, April 17, 2011, 10:25

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