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BGP places seven demands before Modi Government

PRADIP LOHAGUN 
KALIMPONG : The Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh has written to the newly formed NDA government at the Centre seeking its attention on seven demands the organisation has listed. In his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BGP national executive president Dr Enos Das Pradhan has noted the issue of a Gorkhaland state as the organisation’s principal demand. Apart from this, the BGP wants the central government to grant the right of ownership to the tea garden and cinchona plantation workers of Darjeeling district and the Dooars region. Pradhan said one of the issues highlighted includes guaranteeing the safety of the Gorkha people who have been residing in the northeastern states of the country for generations. 

The BGP also wants state-run Doordarshan television to telecast programmes in the Nepali/Gorkha language in regions where the Gorkha people comprise the majority of the populace. Further, the BGP wants the new government to consider appointing eligible members of the Gorkha community to the posts of governors and ambassadors. Pradhan also said he has asked the prime minister to grant special privileges to Gorkhas residing in various states of the country as minorities. “We first met Mr Modi in Ahmedabad on March 15 last year and apprised him of the BGP’s seven demands. Now that he has become the prime minister, we believe it will be easier for us to pursue the issues,” said Pradhan. BGP executive member R Moktan added the organisation plans to meet Modi very soon and discuss the seven demands with him.
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