Gorkhaland demand: BJP's internal differences out in the open; ambivalence no longer an option

Mamata Banerjee's move to escalate the confrontation with the Hill-based parties on Gorkhaland makes BJP's position untenable in West Bengal. The party now finds itself pushed to an ideological and political corner.

The BJP has always been ambiguous about the Gorkhaland movement. The party flirted with the idea when it needed support from the leading player, the Bimal Gurung-led Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), to gain a toehold in the state back in the days when it was a marginal force.

Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh's victory in the 2009 general elections from Darjeeling, for instance, owed entirely to the heft provided by GJM whose leader Gurung saw, in an alliance with the BJP, a chance to take his demand to a larger stage transcending the confines of state politics.

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