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Telangana created: Will political parties allow Gorkhaland to be created too?
With the passage of Telangana bill in the Lok Sabha, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has raised its voice again, and have urged the central government to take an unilateral decision to create a separate state, despite objection from West Bengal. But most of the national parties, including Congress and BJP, seems to be evasive of the issue. No matter whoever wins the next general election, will politicians allow Gorkhaland without any political motive?

Was Telangana bill supported by politicians and the bill passed to fulfil some old promises made by our leader? Does it have a noble cause of giving better administration by creating smaller states? Or is everything a political calculation to garner bigger vote bank? 

Though most Indian citizens seem to be knowing the answer, most politicians will debate otherwise. In case, the creation of Telangana had a long term objective of creating smaller State boundaries and better administration, the long term demand of the Gorkhas in the hills of Bengal should find ground now. But what are politicians saying? Will they support the creation of Gorkhaland?

Rashid Alvi, Sr. leader, Indian National Congress

"It is a part of manifesto of the Congress Party, this party wants small states and in this regard the Congress party supports, states reorganization commission. A state reorganization commission should be constituted and on the basis of commission's report, government should take the decision. Until and unless council submits any report, we can't comment on it."

Sudhakar Reddy, General Secretary, CPI

"We won't support Gorkhaland, because it's a small state and is not viable to have such small states."

Saugata Roy, Senior leader from TMC

"There is no question of giving an inch of land in Bengal to Gorkhas. They have said that they won't protest for this. Now they have approached the centre, let them do so."

Bhakta Charan Das, Member of Parliament, Congress 

"We are not going to support Gorkahaland, because both the issues are different, and creation of Gorkhaland is not right."

Meem Afzal, Congress Spokesperson

"I have no views on this issue, and I don't want to comment over it."

Renuka Chowdhury, MP, Congress

"I am not a competent authority to comment on this issue, and its also a hypothetical issue. When it comes to parliament, then we will look into the issue. Each state has to be weighed by its pros and cons and then the decision are taken."

Though we tried hard, but no BJP leader was available to make any direct comment on the issue. 

However, last month BJP's senior leader Subramanian Swamy had extended his support to Gorkhaland demand through a tweet. 

With the two prominent state parties in West Bengal - Trinamool and Left Front, against the formation of Gorkhaland, there is little hope. 

Despite what Rashid Alvi says, comments from his colleagues prove that the issue has not even been considered or discussed seriously. Hence the writing seems to be there on the wall - the Gorkhas will have to wait.

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