The three small states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal earlier) were formed in 2000, during the prime ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Recently, the party also backed the formation of Telangana.
Ahluwali questioned source of TMC's funds, mocked Banerjee's hawai chappals
The Gorkhan Janmukti Morcha (GJM), a potent force in the hills of North Bengal, backed Ahluwalia after the TMC fielded former footballer Baichung Bhutia from this constituency. The GJM said they would not support Bhutia since he is an outsider. Bhutia belongs to Sikkim.
Ahluwalia, countering Banerjee's charges that the BJP was using money power to divide the state, questioned the source of the TMC's funds. Taunting Baneree, he said wearing hawai chappal doesn't fetch one money. Banerjee is known for a simplistic living, which includes choice of humble footwear.
On his sportsman opponent, Ahliwalia said there was no football ground in the Parliament.
The BJP had won the Darjeeling seat in 2009 when its senior leader Jaswant Singh contested. The GJM had also supported the BJP then.