GTF demonstrate in Delhi for separate Gorkhaland
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Last Updated: Monday, March 19, 2012, 20:49
New Delhi: Gorkhaland Task Force, an alliance of political parties and social organisations, on Monday held a demonstration here to press for their demand of a separate Gorkhaland.

"We are demanding creation of a separate Gorkhaland state under the Union of India since a long time. We have organised a two-day dharna to assert our demand," Enos Das Pradhan, Chairman of Gorkhaland Task Force, said.

The activists demanded the creation of a separate state for Gorkha community as they feel that this will meet their aspiration for political identity.

"Our national identity is confused. We resemble the Gorkhas of Nepal and that's why many people in India think we are foreigners. The creation of Gorkhaland will establish our national identity in India," Pradhan said.

He alleged that consecutive governments in the Centre and and state (West Bengal) have not done much to fulfill the demands of the community.

"The government created Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and said they have solved our problem. GTA does not have any legislative powers. It does not meet our aspirations," Pradhan said.

"In 1988 they created Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, we only suffered under it," he alleged. "Only the creation of Gorkhaland will solve our problem."

The Gorkhaland Task Force has units in 22 states of India and comprises political parties like the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh, the Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists, the All India Gorkha League and Gorkha Rajya Nirman Manch.


First Published: Monday, March 19, 2012, 20:49

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