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GJM questions BJP MP's absence from hills

Press Trust of India  |  Darjeeling (WB) 

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today expressed its "displeasure" with the Centre and questioned the absence of Darjeeling MP S S Ahluwalia at the time of crisis.

"The role of alliance partner the is very unfortunate and very disappointing. We had expected something positive from the Central

"We feel that we are being used as pawns by the Centre and the state," Darjeeling and senior GJM leader Rai said.

The GJM is an ally of the and it was with the help of the GJM that the saffron party won the Darjeeling seat twice in 2009 and 2014.

"We are ready to sit with the Centre anytime. But with the state, the condition would be that they withdraw all forces and allow normalcy to return as a confidence building measure. And we will sit for dialogue with Gorkhaland as the sole agenda," Rai said.

Questioning the absence of local BJP MP S S Ahluwalia, Rai said it was very "unfortunate" that he chose to stay away from his own constituency during this hour of crisis.

"Where is Mr Ahluwalia? The MP should have been here, everyone feels the same. He should have been here in this hour of crisis. We are very disappointed with him," Rai said.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 11:32 IST