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Mixed response on Swamy’s Gorkhaland tweet

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 13:15 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 07:47 [IST]

Mixed response on Swamy’s Gorkhaland tweet

Our Correspondent
DARJEELING: The tweet on ‘Gorkhaland’ by BJP senior leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday has been welcomed by the GNLF while the GJM leader Binay Tamang has stated that it should not be given too much thought.
Swamy had tweeted that it was ‘Time for the BJP to start looking at our 2014-to date the party’s organizational culture. In many states we had made promises we could not keep. Gorkhaland is top priority. Must make it a Union Territory as promised.’
GNLF leader Ajoy Edwards expressed happiness on the tweet by the BJP leader.
“We appreciate Subramanian Swamy as he has always been for our community and spoken for us all the time. We are happy that the issue of Darjeeling is being brought in the limelight. We feel that it will have a positive effect for our cause. There are plans of a delegation of our party to go to Delhi where we will also try to meet him if we get an appointment to thank him and that this issue should be brought up in the national debate,” said the GNLF leader.
On the other hand, Binay Tamand did not attach too much importance to the tweet.
“We do not feel that by just tweeting about a UT and Gorkhaland for this area or speaking about it in the zero hour of the parliament will get us any of it. For that a bill should be brought in the parliament and passed after which we will be thankful. This is the 6th time that Swamy has spoken in favor of this issue with once him also speaking for the issue of Gorkhaland in a program here in Darjeeling,” said Tamang on the sidelines of a programme at Pokhribong.
“It would be a matter of importance if the Prime Minister or the Union Home minister spoke on the issue official. We are seeing that people are being happy that Swamy tweeted on the issue for which we are also thankful but we do not see any reason to be happy for it,” he added.
Tamang was attending the inauguration programme of a new school building of Pokhribong higher secondary school.

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