Darjeeling, Sept. 3: Bimal Gurung today appealed to “the Lepcha brothers” not to “fall into the trap” of the government, hours before Mamata Banerjee addressed a rally organised by the community in Kalimpong.
“I would like to appeal to the Lepcha brothers of Gorkhaland that the Government is trying to create a rift in the Hills and not to fall into this trap,” Gurung wrote in a Facebook post.
He said he had nothing against the formation of the Lepcha development board, for which the community felicitated Mamata today.
“The Kalimpong function was to be organised by the Lepcha community, but, I was sad to observe that the pandals look more like a Trinamul show with the use of BLUE and WHITE. I have always known that the Lepcha communities’ symbolic colour is MAROON and not BLUE. Please, do not change your colours, my dear Lepcha brothers and sisters,” Gurung wrote.
“I have nothing against the Mayel Lyang Lepcha Development Board and, I, also understand it’s need for the protection, promotion and safeguard of my Lepcha brother’s language, tradition and culture,” he added.
Gurung said the “point” he was trying to make was “that the hill people are different from the rest of Bengal in all aspects, historically and culturally”. “Gorkhland is about this distinct identity, separate from the rest of Bengal. Please do not think that the demand of Gorkhaland is an anti-Bengali demand or in this regard against any community. We have no enmity with the people of the plains or the rest of Bengal.”
Gurung appealed to the Lepchas “that your concerns for socio and economic uplift should not be allowed to be used as a political tool by vested interests”.
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