GJM hails Sikkim Assembly resolution on Gorkhaland
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 18:49
  
Kolkata: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha hailed a resolution passed in the Sikkim Assembly today favouring Gorkhaland and urged the Centre to take steps to fulfil the legitimate demand of the Gorkhas.

''Gorkhaland is the common aspiration of the people of Darjeeling. We are extremly happy and we thank Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling and the ruling SDF for the passing of the resolution,'' GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said to a news agency over phone from Darjeeling.

Giri said the GJM would now like the central government to look into the demand for Gorkhaland within the framework of the Indian constitution.

He said GJM was participating in the West Bengal Assembly election and if elected, its legislators would focus on the Gorkhaland demand inside the Assembly.

''Sikkim knows our problem better than West Bengal,'' another top GJM leader Harkabahadur Chetri, who is contesting as a GJM candidate in the Kalimpong Assembly seat, said over phone from Kalimpong.

Chetri, GJM central committee member, said political parties in West Bengal should also 'take a lesson' from the Sikkim resolution and made it clear that the proposed interim set-up for Darjeeling hills was a 'closed chapter now'.

The ruling CPI(M) and major opposition parties in West Bengal are opposed to the creation of a Gorkhaland state comprising Darjeeling hills and Gorkha-dominated areas in Terai and Dooars in north Bengal.

The Sikkim Assembly today passed a resolution which stated that the formation of Gorkhaland is the only solution to ensure free movement of traffic on NH 31A - the life line of the land-locked state and vital for peace, security and development of Sikkim.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 18:49


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