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Gorkhaland possible only after Sixth Schedule: GNLF

DEEP MILAN PRADHAN 
MIRIK : Gorkha National Liberation Front leader Arjun Rai has accused the GJM of fooling the people in spite of knowing quite clearly that a separate state of Gorkhaland cannot be formed at present. Interacting with journalists in Mirik town, Rai said the GJM shouts slogans demanding Gorkhaland only at times when it gets into trouble. He also said that through their power to vote, the people of the hills have given an apt answer to the party that has only harassed them. Responding to a question, Rai said the GNLF extended support to the TMC because the latter requested it in earnest. “It was a political decision to support the TMC, but it’s not that the GNLF has become one with the TMC,” said the GNLF leader. He asserted the party is resolute on its demand for Sixth Schedule status and also claimed the GNLF will never give up the issue of national security and identity of the Gorkha community. At the same time, Rai said the Centre is in no position to consider the Gorkhaland demand. He stressed Gorkhaland cannot be achieved until the Gorkhas receive their ‘Khatiyan’, adding the Sixth Schedule status will pave the way for statehood by granting the Gorkhas their land rights.
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