BJP candidate from Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat Jaswant Singh on Friday said his party was in favour of smaller states but refrained from saying if it was for creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland.
He said BJP in principle favoured creation of smaller states and the NDA government had created three states in the country.
Without uttering the word ‘Gorkhaland´, Singh told a press conference that his party would ‘sympathetically and appropriately´ examine and consider the long-pending demands of Gorkhas, adivasis and other people of the area.
Later addressing an election rally at Sukhiapokhri in Darjeeling, Singh, describing the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s demand for a separate seat as ‘constitutional´, said he would raise the matter on the floor of Parliament and do everything possible for the development of the district.
The former External Affairs Minister, who is supported by GJM, accused West Bengal’s Left front government for neglecting the district and the hills, in particular.
He charged the Left Front government, during its 32 years of rule, had failed to provide the people of the district with minimum facilities like health, education, and road communication.