The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) has urged the NDA government to table the Gorkhaland bill in the first session of parliament as promised during the BJP's LS election campaigns. With the formation of Telangana as India’s 29th state, the BJP must give equal impetus to the Gorkhaland issue and help the people of the hills fulfill their dreams, GNLF leader Arjun Rai said today at a press briefing here. “The people of the hills have voted BJP candidate SS Ahluwalia as an MP from Darjeeling and now the party should live up to its promises. We expect the MP to table the bill on the very first day of the parliamentary session and put pressure on the house to pass it,” he stressed.
GNLF leader Arjun Rai during a press meet in Mirik on Tuesday.
Rai claimed GNLF’s only agenda is the implementation of Sixth Schedule and irrespective of which party forms the government; it will continue its demand. “We will not make any changes in our agenda and will continue the demand for the implementation of Sixth Schedule, but the central government should respect the sentiments of the people,” he added. The GNLF leader also informed the party is planning to conduct a meeting soon regarding its demand for the Sixth Schedule. “The party’s central committee will soon meet and will direct the various branch committees to conduct party activities across the hills,” Rai added. DEEP MILAN PRADHAN Source: EOI