The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Saturday it
was committed to the creation of smaller states, as it justified its support to
the demand of a separate Gorkhaland state in West Bengal and Telangana in
Justifying the party’s alliance with the Gorkha
Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which is demanding a separate state carved out of Darjeeling
and nearby areas of West Bengal, BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said: “Small
states are growing at faster rates. The Economic Survey Appraisal has given us
BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley said the party will
consider sympathetically the GJM’s demand for a Gorkhaland state.
The BJP has also supported a separate state for
Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh.
However this statement by the BJP spokesperson of West Bengal was not
welcome by any other party in West Bengal who all oppose the creation of a
separate state carved out of West Bengal.