THE HIMALAYAN BEACON DARJEELING NEWS BUREAU
DARJEELING, 15 JANUARY 2018: Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) will be attending the Second Convention organised by National Federation for New States (NFNS) in Assam on the 20th of January 2018. The party delegates will also participate in the Golden Jubilee of the All Bodoland Students Union (ABSU). The party will be represented by party President R. B. Rai, party spokesperson Govind Chettri, Kishore Pradhan and Sunil Rai.
Govind Chettri, while addressing the media in Darjeeling also said that the convention will host representatives from Six New Proposed States. On the agenda of the convention will the initiation of a Pan India Joint Movement for New States. Chettri said that if indeed a Pan India Joint Movement for New States was initiated it would be a momentous achievement since, so far the statehood movements are being undertaken at a micro level and are not having any effect at the national level. With all the new statehood movement merging together it would have a great impact at a national level and would probably lead to the formation of new states including Gorkhaland.
Chettri also said that the NFNS was planning a united movement in the coming months and CPRM would participate in that.
Chettri was critical of the Sixth Schedule status saying that Sixth Schedule has not been successful. He said that in the Northeast, regions which had come under Sixth Schedule had been asking for separate statehood, why should Darjeeling Hills ask for Sixth Schedule status. Chettri said that the issue of merger with Sikkim was complicated in the sense that while it was try that part of Darjeeling district belonged to the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim but a great part of Kalimpong region also belonged to Bhutan. While Sikkim is now part of India, Bhutan is an independent country and the status of Kalimpong could thus become controversial. The best bet for Darjeeling Hills and Gorkhas all over the nation was the formation of the separate state of Gorkhaland under the framework of the Indian Union and that is what all parties should work towards instead of being distracted.