Political diplomacy at different levels in this election – Himalayan Talk

“Kautilya said that diplomacy is a subtle act of war. ”

Though Mamata Banerjee’s TMC and GJM backed BJP are campaigning dead hard against each other in Darjeeling, the story might be completely different post election in Delhi when it comes to larger picture for both the parties.When it comes to the center or national politics, well, its a different ball game altogether.We have already witnessed hardcore opponents getting together for an issue in the center, haven’t we?.

Political diplomacy at different levels in this election - Himalayan Talk
Political diplomacy at different levels in this election – Himalayan Talk

Largest gorkha political party in Darjeeling, GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha), have backed Mr SS Ahluwalia BJP candidate for upcoming Lok Sabha Election by all means. Even-though, Ahluwalia’s counterpart,  Jaswant Singh have failed to deliver his pre-poll promises GJM still have faith on BJP and its leaders.

Having said that, when BJP can expel leaders like Jaswant Singh what force on earth would prevent them from playing with the sentiment of Gorkhas all over India, Gorkhaland issue .

“We will sympathetically examine and appropriately consider the long pending demands of the Gorkhas, the Adivasis and other people of Darjeeling district and Dooars region.” was the  “Maha Mantra” that got BJP candidate Jaswant Sing his votes in 2009.

Despite GJM’s repeated mentioning that BJP support Gorkhaland, the 2014 manifesto of BJP does not have any mention of the word ‘Darjeeling’ or ‘Gorkha’ forget about ‘Gorkhaland’.

Later, sources in the BJP said the party wanted to keep the door open for Trinamul chief Mamata Banerjee. The BJP would not like to anger Mamata at this juncture before the polls.

TMC on the other hand has filed its own candidate, a national football star Bhaichung Bhutia from the neighboring state of Sikkim, who they think looks alike, talks the language and most importantly do what they want him to do. Bhutia have been uttering development commitments to woo the people in the hills.

Dr Mahidra P lama adpots his election symbol a Table Lamp so dose SKM (sikkim krantikari morcha).Is this a mere coincidence or is there a hidden agenda? According Pawan Kumar Chamling, Sikkim Democratic Front(SDF) President and the current chief minister of Sikkim , SKM’S hidden agenda is ‘Sikkim-Darjeeling Merger.’SKM wants to merge Sikkim with Darjeeling.

Subash Ghishing returns to Darjeeling after 5 years of forced exile and felt his presence when parties in the hills and plains approached him for his support in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. Surprisingly, GJM, the main force behind Ghising’s exile, also asked for his support in getting BJP candidate SS Alhuwali elected from the Darjeeling cobstituency.

GNLF chief Subash Ghishing, however, have declared his support for TMC candidate Bhaichung and justifies his stand by saying mind games and right moves matters in Politics. How ironic can it get, person who coined the term “Gorkhaland” has to support Anti-Gorkhaland force that has always been against Gorkhaland. Political diplomacy at its best, i guess it is.

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