BJP has fooled Gorkhas on ST status demand: Binay

BJP has fooled Gorkhas on ST status demand: Binay
Sun, Jan 6, 2019


SILIGURI,: GTA chairman Binoy Tamang on Saturday accused the BJP-led Centre of misleading the Gorkhas on the issue of granting tribal status to the 11 sub-communities.
Speaking with media at Pintail Village near Siliguri, the GTA chairman said he received a copy of the mail sent to Sikkim government from Gopal Sadhawani, director of Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The mail mentions about the visit to Gangtok by the committee examining the tribal status for the 11 hill communities.
The committee is visiting Gangtok from January 7 to 9.
“The email exposes the truth while the BJP leaders and Bimal Gurung camp has been saying that the bill on tribal status can be brought anytime. The email proves that the committee has not even finished the process of collecting data regarding granting ST status for 11 Gorkha communities and the bill in the parliament is a long way to go,” said Tamang.
Tamang maintained that it is impossible to place the bill regarding tribal status demand in this winter session of the Parliament. The committee first needs to submit its report to the Centre after completing their visit, he said.
Tamang accused the Darjeeling BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia and Bimal Gurung for betraying the Gorkha community. They could not even give ST status to the 11 Gorkha communities though this is mentioned in the GTA agreement, he said.
He said the GJM will not be supporting the BJP or join hands with any parties in the NDA for the upcoming General Election. I will be doing a negative campaign against the BJP at every place where the Gorkha community resides starting from the Northeastern States, he said.


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