The state BJP unit came down heavily on former union minister and Darjeeling BJP parliamentarian Jaswant Singh on Sunday for his open support for Gorkhaland. According to party leaders, by rooting for Gorkhaland he was harming the interests of the party in West Bengal.
At the release of the book Why Gorkhaland in New Delhi last week, Singh had said that the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland was quite legitimate. “The demand is for a small state within the country. It is very important to remember that it is the only district in the country which actually adjoins three international borders and is very close to the fourth,” said Singh. The BJP had always favoured small states, he added.
“What Singh said must have been his own comments. In our party manifesto it is clearly written that if voted to power the party would actively consider the legitimate demands of the Gorkhas. Nowhere does it say that the party will back the demand for Gorkhaland,” said Shamik Bhattacharya, BJP state secretary. (Indian Express)