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.
@Johny_Gorkha : You deserve it. G land will come. Swamy? Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) January 19, 2014
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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