The statement was seen as a balancing act aimed at pleasing partner Trinamul, which opposes the statehood demand, while placating its core supporters in the hills who want nothing other than a separate state. The Morcha and Trinamul have put up a joint candidate, Amar Singh Rai, in the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat. But after its tie-up with Trinamul, observers believe the Morcha cannot overtly talk about statehood. “We say the statehood demand is 107 years old and so many people have died. Referring to the Nepal treaty, Tamang said some clauses in it were “technical barriers” that must be removed to achieve statehood.
Source: The Telegraph March 16, 2019 00:22 UTC