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DARJEELING, : Hamro Party put up posters in Darjeeling and Kalimpong today questioning the Bharatiya Janata Party’s unfulfilled promises, particularly concerning the tribal status for 11 Gorkha communities and a Permanent Political Solution in the Hills.
Plastered across Chowk Baazar in Darjeeling, the posters bore inquiries such as, “What happened to the statement given by the regional alliance parties of the BJP like ‘One final morning and good news’?” and “What happened to the promise made by Darjeeling MP Raju Bista who has said that he would bring Gorkhaland?” Additionally, they questioned the BJP’s commitment to implementing the Minimum Wages Act.
Rabgay Rai, the president of the Hamro Party's youth wing, articulated the frustration behind the posters, citing the BJP’s 15-year-old promise of a Permanent Political Solution and tribal status for Gorkha communities. Rai lamented the conclusion of the Budget Session, the last parliamentary session of the current government, without any progress on these fronts.
Comparing the situation to other regions like Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Odisha, where communities have secured tribal status, Rai underscored the lack of justice for the Gorkha community. He clarified that the intent behind the posters was not to protest against the BJP but to seek answers and accountability.
Rai further questioned the silence of Darjeeling MP Raju Bista on the issue within the parliament and urged BJP alliance parties in the Hills to pressurize the BJP regarding Gorkha demands.
Expressing the Hamro Party's longstanding stance, Rai emphasized the need for alternative strategies if the BJP fails to act. The decision to raise concerns now, Rai explained, was prompted by the anticipation built by BJP allies' assurances before the end of the previous year, which ultimately led to disappointment.