"I will try to meet the demand of the people in the Hills if I win the elections," Ahluwalia, who is being backed by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, said, without naming Gorkhaland, the demand for which further strengthened in the Hills since the Cabinet decision on Telangana. Ahluwalia filed his nominations at the Darjeeling district magistrate Puneet Yadav's office today, besides, Trinamool Congress' nominee Bhaichung Bhutia and Congress' Sujay Ghatak.
The GJM backed Ahluwalia after the Trinamool fielded Baichung Bhutia
GJM president Bimal Gurung ,in a Facebook posted yesterday, urged people in the Hills not to vote for him or any GTA member but only for the cause of Gorkhaland. "This year don't vote for any of the GTA Sabhasads but cast your vote for Gorkhaland. This elections we will vote for the Future of 'Gorkha Community'.I have shown my sincerity for 'Gorkhaland' by supporting the BJP and now it's your turn to show yours for it by voting for the BJP," he said.