Following the Gorkhaland unrest, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling has come out in support of the demand for a separate Gorkhaland, to be carved out of hill areas in West Bengal.
“The fulfilment of the constitutional demand of the people in the Darjeeling hills, which is deeply connected with the national identity of the Indian Gorkhas, will provide long-awaited justice to their patriotism, which has been second to none,” Chamling said in a letter written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday and made available to the media on Thursday.
“The creation of Gorkhaland will restore permanent peace and prosperity in the region. Sikkim will be hugely benefited as her developmental tempo can thus be maintained,” the Chief Minister said. Chamling further highlighted the problems that Sikkim has been facing due to sudden blockading of its lifeline National Highway-10 during the last 30 years of the Gorkhaland agitation
“The blockade of transportation of essential goods and the unrest causes unmanageable inconvenience. Also, the atmosphere of uncertainty along NH-10 poses great threat to lives as well.”, he added.
His comments come in the background of the indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha in the West Bengal hills over the Gorkhaland demand.