Saturday, June 21, 2008

Sikkim Congress President N.B.Bhandari Supports Gorkhaland

GANGTOK, June 20: The Sikkim Congress chief and former chief minister Mr Nar Bahadur Bhandari has expressed support towards the Gorkhaland demand. He also criticised senior Congress leader and Union ministers Mr Pranab Mukerjee and Priya Ranjan Das Munshi for their anti-Gorkhaland stand. “If these ministers are against Gorkahland, why are they supporting the Telangana movement?” he questioned. While expressing solidarity towards the Gorkhas and the separate state movement he criticised the Centre too claiming that if the Centre was against Gorkhaland, it should discontinue Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh as independent states and restore those to their earlier positions. Urging the GJMM chief Mr Bimal Gurung against compromising with the Gorkhaland demand, Mr Bhandari advised the GJMM to continue its movement on Gandhian principals. “The demand for Gorkhaland is their constitutional right,” he added.When asked about Sikkim was facing problems due to the Gorkhaland movement he said, they are fighting for their right and so smaller problems will have to be ignored. “We should also support them by setting up a core-committee,” he added