Alleging that the BJP has failed to hold its guarantees made to the folks of Darjeeling hills, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung on Sunday demanded the resignation of the saffron celebration’s native MP Raju Bista. Gurung, who had left the hills throughout a violent Gorkhaland statehood agitation in 2017, re-emerged in Kolkata in October, snapping decade-old ties with the BJP and vowing to help Mamata Banerjee-led TMC within the West Bengal meeting elections due in April-May subsequent yr.
“Even though we supported the BJP in previous elections, the party failed to keep its promises,” Gurung mentioned at a rally organised right here by the GJM faction that he leads. Accusing the BJP of by no means clarifying its place on the Gorkhaland problem, he demanded the resignation of Darjeeling MP Raju Bista.
Gurung reached Siliguri, the gateway to the Darjeeling hills, after nearly three-and-half years, on Sunday afternoon to tackle a public assembly at Indira Gandhi Maidan, organised to welcome him and different celebration employees who went into hiding after the 2017 Gorkhaland agitation. Gurung, whose GJM had supported the BJP earlier, accused the saffron celebration of being detached to the aspirations of the hill folks and requested his supporters to root for the TMC within the upcoming meeting elections in West Bengal.
Accusing Anit Thapa and Binay Tamang, the leaders of the breakaway faction of the GJM, of corruption, Gurung mentioned that he’ll quickly maintain rallies and conferences throughout Darjeeling hills, Terai, and Dooars area. The hills have suffered lengthy spates of agitation over the statehood demand, the primary of which was led by the then Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) chief Subash Ghising.
The reigns of the agitation have been later taken over by Ghising’s one-time protg and later bete noire Gurung, who broke away from the GNLF to kind the GJM. On June 8, 2017, protests have been held by the undivided GJM in Darjeeling as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was holding a state cupboard assembly, alleging that the state authorities was making an attempt to impose the Bengali language on the Nepali-speaking Gorkhas by means of its schooling coverage.
Darjeeling simmered in rigidity as an indefinite shutdown referred to as by Gurung-led GJM continued for 104 days amid sporadic violence in varied locations within the hills through the interval. The extended shutdown prompted fissures throughout the GJM management and likewise value it help from different hill events, serving to Banerjee to seize the chance to quell the protests.
Gurung and his shut affiliate Roshan Giri left the hills as Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa emerged as the brand new faces of GJM, which break up into two factions.