Darjeeling: After a long gap of almost eight months, the Darjeeling MP from the BJP, S.S. Ahluwalia, will visit his constituency.
“The Union minister of state will inaugurate PSLK on February 17. It was a longstanding demand of the residents here in Siliguri and in surrounding areas. The centre will start functioning with immediate effect,” said an official.
Thus Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has demanded the resignation of Darjeeling’s “tourist” MP S.S. Ahluwalia, sensing growing disenchantment against the BJP leader days before his visit to his constituency after over eight months that saw the hills wracked by unrest.
“We hear our tourist MP, S.S. Ahluwalia, will be coming to Siliguri on February 17. When he was needed in the hills, he preferred to remain a mute spectator in Delhi. He has lost all moral right to come to the hills,” Morcha president Binay Tamang said on Thursday.
“He has become a minister for drinking water but his constituency is reeling from water scarcity,” said Tamang, who also heads hill body Gorkhaland Territorial Administration.
The visit, however, has led to speculations in political circles, particularly because the MP had stayed away from his constituency for a long time and did not visited the hills during the 104-day long agitation and strike over the demand of statehood.
In the past two Parliament polls, the BJP has managed to win the Darjeeling seat with the support of the Morcha. Now that he will be here for an official programme, political analysts are curious to know how he and his party BJP intend to take up the task of damage control.
The Morcha leader said that unlike before, Ahluwalia should not expect a warm welcome in the hills. “Unless he apologises and resigns, the tourist MP could face protests from the aggrieved people.”