Making of Gorkhaland: BJP’s Dilemma

BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party) promised to GJM (Gorkha Janmukti morcha) in 2013 to create a separate state of Gorkhaland and included the same in the BJP Manifesto. Therefore GJM promised to support BJP candidate, SS Ahluwalia, in the Lok Sabha election. GJM had also supported BJP candidate, Maj Jaswant Singh, in 2009 election with the same promise i.e. to create a separate state of Gorkhaland if it came to power. Maj Jaswant Singh had won. But the NDA of which, BJP was part did not muster majority and did not come to power. UPA did.
The BJP never imagined that it will come to power in 2014 with absolute majority winning 288 seats in parliament. Therefore it continued with the alliance partners as part of the NDA. This feat of BJP surprised many including the BJP itself.

BJP’s sole game-plan was to make an inroad in West Bengal where the BJP was in a miniscule existence. BJP won two seats in 2014 parliament election –SS Ahluwalia and Babul Supriya.
But landslide victory of BJP in 2014 with clear majority has made Amit Shah and Narendra Modi in BJP and RSS in Nagpur to plan for even larger majority in Lok Sabha in 2019 and capture of more states for direct governance than present 10 single handedly by BJP and seven with the Alliance partners. (Total 17 states with the BJP presence. UPA with only 7 & others 7 with no NDA/UPA). In that game plan West Bengal and Kerela are in forefront in the radar of BJP for capture. BJP is trying hard to make its presence felt in both these states.
In this scenario Darjeeling hills with just one MP or North Bengal combine with 4 MPs are very low in priority as far as BJP’s expansion plan for establishing itself in pan-India is concerned.

All political parties resort to rhetoric during the election campaigns. Promises are for luring people to vote for them and not meant, necessarily, to fulfill them if the party comes to power. This has been said by the present Finance Minister Arun Jailey during the dialogue with the leaders of OROP (One Rank One Pension) in 2014 when he was also the Defence minister. So promises made by the BJP with the GJM are not sacrosanct to be honoured. The party will look in to the long term goal of its vision and not hesitate to sacrifice small promises made here and there earlier.

Therefore demand of Gorkhaland is expandable in their view in the larger game plan of establishing saffron flag in all for corners of India.

BJP General Secretary of West Bengal, Kailash Vijaivargiya has already said that Gorkhaland cannot be carved out of West Bengal. But he is ready to dangle larger carrots in front of the leaders of the Gorkhaland movement like Tribal status, more power, more funds etc. etc.. 

Bigger question is will the movement succeed in the lack of support of the state govt and Union govt? Answer will be negative. Therefore leaders of the movement need to change their tack according to the writings in the wall.

I support converting North Bengal as a Union Territory. Another state is not created and UT is directly controlled by the Centre. Ego of Mamta Banerjee will be satisfied. BJP vote bank will not be disturbed in other parts of West Bengal. Bhadra Lok of Siliguri and adjoining areas will enjoy UT and also vote for BJP.

Union Territory has its own benefits. Please read my blog of 2008 for more on this.

About Shiv Rana

Retirement life is series of transition: from Olive Green to civvies, being woken up a buddy to fetching morning milk from the milk booth. And now trying to adjust with new-normal due to pandemic - CORONA.
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