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BGPM announces demonstrations against BJP over unfulfilled tribal status promise

DARJEELING,: Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha (BGPM) today announced that they will be holding demonstrations in different parts of the hills in protest against the BJP-led Central government for not fulfilling their promise of tribal status to 11 communities.

The BGPM had on Friday issued a statement requesting the BJP to grant tribal status on the last day of the budget session which is the last Parliament session before the Lok Sabha polls.

In a Facebook post, BGPM president Anit Thapa said, “Even after waiting for 15 years, the Gorkhas did not get any justice. We request the Gorkhas to come forward and participate in the protest demonstrations that will start in front of district magistrate’s offices and sub divisional offices from February 12."

Thapa, in the video post, said dharnas will be held in front of DM and SDO offices at Kalimpong, Kurseong, Mirik and Darjeeling. The program will continue for three days after which they will be holding protest rallies in the hills.

"We have been working for development in the hills with the State government which we will continue to do. This issue had been passed by the West Bengal government in their Cabinet and sent to the Central government. It was their responsibility to do something about it especially after the Gorkhas supporting them," he said in the video post maintaining they were forced to take to the streets.

Thapa maintained that they hoped that even if the BJP were not able to fulfil major promises, they should have given tribal status. The BJP in their election manifesto had promised a Permanent Political Solution (PPS) and tribal status for 11 Gorkha communities.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi