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Ramdev plays statehood tune

Baba Ramdev (left) travels  in a battery operated car in Darjeeling 
on Friday.Picture by Suman Tamang

Darjeeling, April 17: Televangelist Baba Ramdev today batted for Gorkhaland to the delight of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha

Ramdev today held a yoga camp for hill residents at Chowrasta, which was jointly organised by the GTA and Hamro Swabhiman - a cultural unit of Patanjali Yogpeeth of Ramdev.

Later in the morning, at an interactive session between Ramdev, his aide Acharya Balkrishna, elected GTA members and the general public was organised at the Gorkha Rangamanch Bhawan.

During his speech here, Ramdev said: "If Gujaratis can have Gujarat, Bengalis Bengal, Telegus Telangana, what is wrong in creating Gorkhaland for Gorkhas. It is after much struggle that the Nepali language was recognised in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution and Gorkhaland will also be created."

He added: "If a small state like Goa can be famous on the world map, why can't Gorkhaland? Gorkhaland will definitely be created," Ramdev said.

"During an agitation, obstacles will always come in your way, but achieving something without any obstacles will not be sweet. Move ahead with conviction and you will never lose," the yoga guru said.

The BJP-led NDA government has not said anything conclusive on the creation of Gorkhaland. The Bengal government is against the statehood demand.

Morcha chief Bimal Gurung, who had yesterday said that he had invited Ramdev not for political gains but for yoga, was visibly happy.

"I had not expected Baba Ramdev to speak what he has today. Baba Ramdev has spoken something that is dear to the hill people's hearts. Our face makes us foreigners in our own country. We elected a number of MPs and MLAs from our place but our aspirations were never fulfilled. However, we are now confident that Narendra Modi will fulfil our aspiration," Gurung said.

"We are hopeful that Baba Ramdev will take our cause even to the Prime Minister."

Last week, K. Keshava Rao, an MP of the TRS, had given support to the statehood demand.


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