Jaswant BJP man from Darjeeling: Gorkhaland team pledges support

New Delhi/Kolkata: The BJP will field senior leader Jaswant Singh — under EC scanner for alleged distribution of cash to voters in Rajasthan — from Darjeeling in the coming election.

A 10-member Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) team, spearheading a movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland, comprising the Darjeeling hills and adjoining areas in North Bengal, met party’s PM-candidate L K Advani during the evening and pledged support for Singh’s candidature.

Singh and party co-in-charge for West Bengal S S Ahluwalia were also present at the meeting. After meeting Advani, spokesperson Balbir Punj told The Indian Express: “Jaswant Singh shall be our candidate from Darjeeling.” Dawa Sherpa, initially declared the BJP candidate from the seat, has agreed to withdraw from the fray. He was also present at the meeting. The seat is currently represented by Congress’s Dawa Narbula.

Singh said he met Advani to “clarify” the issue of alleged distribution of cash by him in Barmer — where his son is in the fray. “I met him to clarify that it (distribution of money to the poor) is part of our tradition,” he said.
Ever since GJM’s Bimal Gurung met Advani at an NDA dinner in February this year, he had been sounding out the BJP to field a “national figure” from the seat, offering him the outfit’s “unconditional support”. Recalling that Inderjeet — who, like Singh, was not a Darjeeling native — represented the seat in the past, sources said the GJM “would not have agreed to any Bengali-speaking leader.” The party feels that Singh’s one-rank-one-pension demand for ex-servicemen is likely to go down well with the electorate in Darjeeling.

Roshan Giri of the GJM told The Indian Express: “The BJP assured us of support on the issue of Gorkhaland and it said it would make a mention of it in its manifesto. We requested the BJP to field Jaswantji from Darjeeling and if it does, our party will support it”.


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  1. It is really sad. Initially when Bimal Gurung started his “agitation” against Ghising’s 6th schedule I used to feel happy, that Darjeeling had found a brave man to call spade a spade.
    Rest we all know how Ghising could not even attend his wife’s funeral here after being chased off from the hills with his tail tucked in.
    However now, after the “traditional dress” dictate, and this latest hampering with Missionary school authorities, I really am confused which was the greater evil GHISHING or BIMAL GURUNG. Maybe its something like asking which is more harmful HIV or Hepatitis C.
    Anyways need of the hour in the hills is another Bimal Gurung for the present Ghising. Look around dosent it strike you how similar it is.
    Erstwhile Ghising and his cham-chas KG Gurung, Rudra Pradhan etc, now Bimal with the same Roshan Giri etc. Only the names have changed Boss, and the magnitude has become deeper.
    Are we ready for Gorkhaland? God save us from these lunatics then.

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