BJP stands up for the Hills

Statesman News ServiceSILIGURI, June 25: The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party would abide by the party High Command’s view on the sensitive Gorkhaland issue. “This is a serious issue and we are not competent to comment on the separate statehood matter when the party stalwart Mr L K Advani and the High Command are dealing with it directly,” the BJP state president Mr Sukumar Banerjee said today.” Much confusion is being created over yesterday’s meeting in New Delhi between Mr Advani and the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha delegation. It is not that the BJP leadership has thrown its weight behind the GJMM’s statehood demand. Mr Advani has merely asked the GJMM delegation to place relevant papers,” Mr Banerjee said. When asked to comment on the BJP High Command’s reported conveyance of sympathy for the Gorkhaland cause, the BJP leader said that expressing sympathy for a collective aspiration of a region was not wrong. “There is no doubt that the Darjeeling Hills happen to be among the most neglected regions and the state government has done practically nothing to uplift it. The grievances of the people are genuine,” he stated.Slamming the state and particularly the CPI-M, the BJP leader said that provocative statements being issued by some CPI-M leaders were queering the pitch further. “It is dangerous to keep this region disturbed forever because of its strategic importance. A viable solution must be evolved soon through the cooperation of all. And Mr Advani has just heralded this process,” Mr Banerjee said.Speaking on the subject, the Darjeeling district BJP president Mr Tapas Banerjee said that the CPI-M had been playing with fire and the situation in the Hills would run out of control if it continued.

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