A Mint analysis shows while the cultural divide between Gorkhaland and the rest of the state may be significant, the economic differences are less so
In the Lok Sabha elections of 2009, Darjeeling district in West Bengal had a surprise candidate—former Union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Jaswant Singh. The BJP had promised to carve out a state of Gorkhaland in its manifesto, and in return received the support of the dominant regional outfit, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which was spearheading the movement for a separate state. Riding on the statehood movement, Singh went on to win a thumping victory. But he was less successful in convincing his parliamentary colleagues about the need for a separate state. The statehood movement too lost steam, thereby making the issue less urgent for national political parties.
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