Gorkhas seek place in cabinet

All Assam Gorkha Students Union president Prem Tamang at Dispur Press Club
Guwahati: The All Assam Gorkha Students' Union on Friday slammed the BJP-led state government for not including any MLA from the Gorkha community in the Sarbananda Sonowal cabinet.
The union's reaction came a day after the ministry expansion of the Sarbananda Sonowal government.
"The BJP came to power in Assam only because of 100 per cent votes form the Gorkha community. The Gorkha people of the state were hopeful of a better future. However, this government is not paying us any attention. There is not a single minister in the cabinet from our community," Sanjib Chetry, the general secretary of the union, said.

In the Assembly, there are two representatives from the Gorkha community, Bhaskar Sarma from Margherita and Ganesh Kumar Limbu from Barchalla.
Both of them were elected for the first time.
"From Independence to 2016, the representatives of the Gorkha community always used to get preference in the ministry. However, from 2016, the situation changed. Even in any corporation and department of the state, we have no representative," Chetry rued.
A statement issued by the students' union said, "There are 25 lakh Gorkhas living in Assam. They are the indigenous people of the state. In the 2016 elections, the union actively supported the BJP and it had assured us that it would work for the development of the community. But it has not been implemented yet."
"We have submitted several memoranda to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. We demand our representative in the ministry," it said.

The Telegraph
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The All Assam Gorkha Students' Union on Friday slammed the BJP-led state government for not including any MLA from the Gorkha community in the Sarbananda Sonowal cabinet.

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