Published by: Yogesh Sahu
Updated Mon, 21 Jun 2021 10:31 PM IST
A few days ago, BJP MP John Barla had demanded the creation of a separate union territory by merging the districts of North Bengal. Now his own party colleague Soumitra Khan has made a similar demand for Jangalmahal and surrounding areas in the state on Monday.
BJP MP Soumitra Khan.
– Photo : ANI
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Khan said that I believe that the state of Jangalmahal should be formed by merging Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, some parts of Birbhum and two Medinipur districts and some other areas to meet the demand for employment and development. John Barla has raised the grievances of the people of North Bengal. I am also demanding this for the people of my area.
He said there was nothing like separatism in his demand. Khan said it would be a part of India and the region would not be denied a financial package by the Center as was the case under the Trinamool Congress regime. He said that the Chief Minister of the state Mamta Banerjee herself has been calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah as outsiders. Why shouldn’t the people of Jangalmahal use similar words for them too?
The party said – we are not in favor of partition
Dissociating himself from Khan’s views, BJP spokesperson Shoumik Bhattacharya said the party does not support the demand for partition of Bengal. Bhattacharya said that keeping the territorial integrity of the state intact, we support complete and inclusive development. Agreeing with him, BJP state unit president Dilip Ghosh also said that the party does not support the views of Barla and Khan.
Partition plan will fail: Trinamool Congress
Dismissing Khan’s remarks, TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said it was raising the issue of partition after the people of the state rejected the BJP, but their plan would fail.
On the other hand, TMC MP Saugata Roy wanted to know why BJP was not expelling Barla and Khan from the party. Roy said that if the BJP is not supporting the statements of its MPs, why is it not expelling them? The party is planning to create unrest in the state.