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Cong, Left, TMC trying to curb Gorkha sentiments’

LUCKNOW: In an apparent reference to prolonged crisis around the demand for a separate Gorkhaland, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday flayed the Congress, Left and TMC for not opening channels of dialogue with the ethnic Gorkha community to bring them into mainstream politics, reports Pankaj Shah.
“The Congress, Left, and now TMC, have been conspiring to crush local Gorkha sentiments,” Yogi said, addressing rallies in Jalpaiguri, Kurseong (Darjeeling) and Kaliaganj. “Dialogue is the biggest strength of democracy but the parties which ruled Bengal till now never had talks with Gorkhas,” Yogi said, stressing that BJP would find a political solution to the problems of Gorkha community within the ambit of Indian Constitution.
He also underscored that the Gorkha community had a close affinity with the Gorakhnath Peeth that he heads.
The Gorkhaland movement is a movement for a separate state in the Gorkhaland region of West Bengal for Nepali-speaking Gorkha people. The proposed state includes the hill regions of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Dooars regions that included Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar and parts of Cooch Behar districts. The demand for a separate administrative unit in Darjeeling has existed since 1909.
Mounting an attack on the Mamata Banerjee government, Yogi accused TMC of unleashing anarchy which has led to identity crisis before the youth who are forced to migrate.
Yogi said the TMC chief had no sympathy with youth, women, farmers or traders. “Didi ko to ladaane se hi fursat nahi hai… (she is pitting people against one another),” he said, adding that she sympathized with people who were involved in loot and orchestrating riots.
“TMC goons have only 25 days left to correct themselves. They should not attack BJP workers else they would not find any shelter if BJP comes to power just like in case of UP,” Yogi said.
Accusing Mamata of threatening people by putting them in jail for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Yogi said: “You (Mamata) may hate BJP and its leaders but why hate Lord Ram? Those who have opposed Lord Ram have met a bad end. TMC’s ‘durgati’ (bad situation) is bound to happen in West Bengal elections.”
Yogi also cornered the TMC government on the coronavirus front saying that goons of the ruling party pilfered the ration meant for the needy. He accused the TMC goons of usurping money released by the Centre for providing employment to people affected by pandemic. “Every penny would be squeezed out after May 2 and invested in development of Bengal,” he said.
Yogi also slammed the ruling TMC for denying adequate payment to workers of tea gardens in Darjeeling. He said while in the rest of the states, the tea garden workers were getting over Rs 300 per day, it was less than Rs 200 in case of Bengal.
He said UP witnessed a significant change after a strict curb on crime and corruption and implementation of the Central government’s scheme.
“The state is progressing because there is a BJP government but Bengal is lagging behind on development parameters. People now want freedom from TMC,” Yogi said, insisting that assembly elections in Bengal were not for assuming power but for bringing in necessary changes to restore the pristine glory associated with the state and fulfil the dream of ‘Sonar Bangla’.

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