After Darjeeling’s Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung, one of the crucial wished fugitives in Bengal, surfaced after three years to announce that he was strolling out of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to assist Mamata Banerjee win the meeting polls in 2021, essential questions had been raised by political events throughout the board.
Although the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) welcomed Gurung’s resolution by way of a few tweets on Wednesday evening, its leaders had been hesitant to talk on document on how a person charged underneath a number of sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) generally is a formidable ally for the polls due in six months. Gurung has been in hiding since 2017.
Gurung appeared earlier than the media in Kolkata however rumblings had been heard so far as within the hills, the place he helped the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) win the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in 2009, 2014 and 2019.
“Mamata Banerjee is also the home minister. She will surely look into the legal aspects and consult experts about the charges Gurung faces. We are sure the leadership weighed the pros and cons before welcoming his decision,” a senior TMC chief stated on situation of anonymity.
The chief, nonetheless, didn’t have any reply when requested whether or not the Binoy Tamang faction of the GJM, which is now accountable for the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) as an ally of the TMC, would welcome Gurung with open arms.
Anit Thapa, chairman of the board of directors of the GTA, stated, “It would have been better if Gurung had realised the truth three years ago and helped stop the killings and destruction to public property. Binoy Tamang took a big risk and restored peace in Darjeeling in 2017. The peace should continue.”
Thapa and Tamang joined palms with the chief minister when the Gorkhaland motion was at its peak. They even suspended Gurung and his followers from the social gathering after they went into hiding.
Thapa’s reference to peace appeared extremely related. While speaking to the media at a lodge in central Kolkata on Wednesday, Gurung stated in unequivocal phrases that he was not giving up the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland and a everlasting political answer to the problems raised by the group many years in the past.
“There are no foes and friends in politics. Our demand is Gorkhaland and a permanent political solution. We will see which party addresses our issues and then decide our strategy for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls,” stated Gurung in an obvious bid to maintain the choice of returning to the NDA open.
The Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), the BJP’s ally and the second largest social gathering within the Darjeeling hills, has slammed Gurung.
Mahendra Chhetri, the GNLF spokesperson, stated, “Gurung has betrayed Gorkhas around the world. We firmly believe that the BJP is capable of delivering a permanent political solution before the assembly election. The Centre must take this sudden development very seriously.”
Having handled Gurung as an ally for greater than a decade, Bengal BJP leaders took exception to his reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and residential minister Amit Shah in his statements earlier than the media. Yet, they didn’t assault the Gorkha chief. The BJP used the chance to focus on the chief minister as a substitute on the problem of the demand for a separate state carved out of north Bengal districts.
“It appears that Banerjee has promised Gurung that Gorkhaland will be formed. People of West Bengal would certainly like to know whether she will be splitting the state of which Darjeeling is considered the crown,” stated Bengal BJP common secretary Sayantan Basu.
Taking a jibe at Banerjee, he added, “This is not the first time the chief minister has used rebels facing criminal charges for electoral advantage. She used Maoist leader Kishenji against the Left Front government before the 2011 assembly polls and got him killed in a police encounter after coming to power.”
The Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists, a small outfit in Darjeeling that supported the BJP in 2019, reserved its feedback. Govind Chettri, the CPRM spokesperson, stated, “We are reading between the lines.”
Gurung’s trusted lieutenant Roshan Giri, who signed the tripartite GTA accord in July 2011on behalf of the social gathering, refused to remark. He too faces prices underneath UAPA and was seen beside Gurung on Wednesday.