BJP talking to GJM for poll alliance
New Delhi (PTI): The BJP on Friday said it is in talks with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), agitating for a separate Gorkhaland to be carved out of West Bengal, for a possible alliance for Lok Sabha elections.
"GJM chief Barun Gurung met me yesterday. Senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, S S Ahluwalia and Ramlal Aggarwal were also present. We are discussing the various demands of GJM and the common ground between the two parties," BJP chief Rajnath Singh told reporters here on Friday.
Gurung has submitted the demand his party has made during the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland in West Bengal for the past few months.
Asked if the GJM demand was acceptable to BJP, Singh said "BJP has always been in favour of small states. We have had this stand since the Jan Sangh days."
Gurung had attended the dinner party hosted by Leader of the Opposition and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani for NDA leaders on Wednesday, triggering speculation that he was moving close to the BJP-led camp.