BJP’s Darjeeling MP meets PM Modi seeking ‘permanent political solution’

Published on Nov 27, 2019 11:34 PM IST
‘Permanent political solution’ for the Darjeeling hills was the BJP’s electoral promise to the people of the North Bengal hills where the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state has often turned violent.
Darjeeling’s BJP MP Raju Bista at his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.(
Darjeeling’s BJP MP Raju Bista at his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.(
Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Darjeeling MP Raju Singh Bista met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Wednesday and sought his intervention in finding a ‘permanent political solution’ to the problem in the North Bengal hills at the earliest, the lawmaker said after the meeting.

‘Permanent political solution’ for the Darjeeling hills – where an often-violent movement for separate statehood of Gorkhaland has kept successive state governments looking for counter-strategies – was the BJP’s electoral promise for Darjeeling.

Bengal’s ruling party Trinamool Congress (TMC) had earlier alleged that the term actually refers to BJP’s plan for separating Darjeeling from the state. The BJP won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat for the third successive time in the 2019 general elections with help from the majority of the pro-Gorkhaland, hill-based outfits.

“I have requested the Prime Minister’s intervention with regard to arriving at a permanent political solution as committed to in our 2019 Sankalp Patra,” Bista said in a statement after the meeting.

“I also informed him about the discrimination people here have had to face over the decades, and the absolute lack of development in the region,” Bista said, and added Modi advised him to take up the issue with Union home minister Amit Shah.

No TMC leader agreed to comment on the development on Wednesday, arguing that the chief minister herself holds the portfolio of hill affairs.

“Only the chief minister will comment,” said a senior minister.

“The issue is too sensitive and being looked after by the chief minister herself,” said a TMC member of Rajya Sabha.


    I am working with Hindustan Times since 2001 and am posted in Siliguri, West Bengal, as Principal Correspondent. I have been regularly covering vast area of northern parts of West Bengal, Sikkim and parts of Nepal and Bhutan.

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