Darjeeling Lok Sabha MP Raju Bista today raised the issue of protective the Gorkha community within the context of the National Register of voters (NRC) throughout the zero hours in the Lok Sabha. He additionally demanded that Gorkhas ought to be granted ST status and additionally their original inhabitant status be recognized.
“I had received several representations from organizations and individuals from Assam and across India regarding the difficulties moon-faced by folks in Assam throughout the NRC exercise. I had personally visited Assam to grasp the bottom realities and spoke with the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and additionally met with the Gorkha community organizations and people whose names had been ignored,” Raju Bista said.
In a statement, the Darjeeling BJP MP Said he highlighted the plight of Gorkhas in Assam who were ignored from the NRC list. “I informed the house that the Gorkhas born in Assam have made huge contributions to our nation-building, nevertheless several Gorkhas together with those from prominent families including with freedom fighters, literary personalities and troopers were ignored,” he added.
According to Bista, he additionally reminded the house on however Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds the Gorkhas in the highest esteem and has spoken concerning the sacrifices and bravery of the Gorkhas for the state in several forums.
“I also said that such a proud patriotic community should not have to bear the burden of any faulty processes.
Highlighting the contributions of the Gorkhas, I mentioned that faulty NRC exercise in Assam has place to question the sacrifices of Gorkha greats ChabilalUpadhayay from Assam, Pushpa Kumar Ghisingh from Darjeeling, Helen Lepcha from Sikkim, dekalitre Bahadur Giri from Kalimpong, Subedar Niranjan Chettri from Manipur, Captain Ram Singh Thakuri of INA from Himachal, and Major Durga Malla from Uttarakhand,” aforesaid Bista. He further reminded the Lok Sabha that two Gorkhas from Darjeeling, Damber Singh Gurung, and Ari Bahadur Gurung were additionally a part of the Constituent Assembly and soul to the Constitution of the country.
"Through the Parliament, I requested the government to protect the patriotic Gorkhas by granting them ST status and thereby recognizing their original inhabitant status," he said.