BJP MLA rejects JP Nadda’s advice demanding partition of West Bengal

Kolkata: Despite BJP national president JP Nadda’s advice to party leaders to refrain from commenting on the bifurcation of West Bengal, its Kurseong MLA Vishnu Prasad Sharma on Friday reiterated his demand for the separation of Darjeeling hills from the state. Facing criticism from the ruling Trinamool Congress over repeated demands for bifurcation of West Bengal by a section of BJP MLAs, Nadda on Thursday urged party leaders to refrain from speaking on the issue.

Sharma said, “The place I come from is deprived since independence. Therefore, I want to separate it from Bengal. Yesterday also, I said the same thing, and I will continue to say it.”

The BJP state leadership hastily distanced itself from Sharma’s comments, saying the party was not in favor of the bifurcation of West Bengal.

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BJP spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said, “We do not want bifurcation of the state, but we feel there is a need for development of the North Bengal region.”

Sharma had on Thursday fueled the demand for the partition of West Bengal.

Last year too, he wrote to Nadda on the issue, asking the party leadership to honor its promise of a permanent political solution to the Gorkhaland state demand.

BJP’s Alipurduar MP John Barla and MLAs from Matigara-Naxalbari and Dabgram-Phulbari seats have also demanded that a union territory be carved out of the North Bengal district.

However, the Trinamool Congress has accused the BJP of trying to promote separatism in the state.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said, “Our chief minister has clearly said that there will be no bifurcation of West Bengal. We will never allow the state to be divided.”

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