Will ensure TMC wins 18 seats in North Bengal: Bimal Gurung – kolkata

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s (GJM) founder-president Bimal Gurung held his first public assembly in Bengal’s Darjeeling city on Sunday afternoon and introduced that he’ll assist the Trinamool Congress (TMC) win at the very least 18 meeting seats in north Bengal when elections in the state are held subsequent yr.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gained the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat thrice since 2009 with help from the GJM and different events demanding creation of a separate state because it promised to discover a everlasting political answer to the hill subject and accord scheduled tribe standing to 11 Gorkha communities.

“I have joined hands with chief minister Mamata Barerjee. We will win 17 to 18 assembly seats in north Bengal. The BJP betrayed the Gorkhas and wasted our 12 years,” Gurung mentioned on the assembly. He mentioned (*18*) has assured him that she’s going to discover a everlasting political answer to the Gorkhaland subject.

There are six meeting seats in the Darjeeling hills, of which the TMC holds one whereas the BJP has none. The CPI(M) has one seat, the GJM has two whereas the remaining two are in management of the Congress. The Gorkha group has presence in the adjoining districts in the plains as nicely. The two GJM legislators from Darjeeling provided help to the BJP after the 2016 meeting polls however Gurung has now withdrawn his help.

Gurung went into hiding in 2017 after being charged below anti-terror regulation by the Mamata (*18*) authorities for the violent Gorkhaland motion. He appeared earlier than the media in Kolkata in October and introduced that he was shifting his allegiance to (*18*).

Since then, the rivalry between Gurung and Binoy Tamang, his former lieutenant who has been heading a pro-TMC faction of the GJM since 2017, has intensified.

Though Tamang and his males are against Gurung’s entry into Darjeeling, the erstwhile fugitive chief was acquired with a heat welcome on Sunday. Gurung informed his followers that he’ll begin calling the photographs in hill politics very quickly.

Without immediately naming Tamang and his affiliate Anit Thapa, chairman of the board of directors in Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), Gurung mentioned, “They cannot deliver anything despite all the support they have.”

Since the TMC didn’t wrest the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat from the BJP in 2019 regardless of having the help of Tamang and Thapa, Gurung focused the duo.

“Why should they be supported (by the TMC)?” he mentioned.

“The two must leave within 10 to 12 days,” Gurung mentioned. Local folks mentioned Gurung hinted that he desires Tamang and Thapa to step down from the GTA.

Gurung returned to Siliguri city on December 6 and addressed a rally.

He was ready for the precise time to go to Darjeeling.

Political equations in the Darjeeling hills all of the sudden modified after Gurung pledged help to the TMC.

“The BJP should be defeated at any cost and I will ensure that keeping the chief minister in front of us,” Gurung mentioned on Sunday.

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Gorkha faction issues veiled threat to TMC, caution against Bimal Gurung – kolkata

The anti-Gurung faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) stated on Sunday that it was extra devoted to West Bengal authorities led by Mamata Banerjee in contrast to the faction led by Bimal Gurung, and cautioned that he could betray Banerjee any time.

While each GJM factions assist Banerjee, Binoy Tamang led group has been given management of the Darjeeling administration by the state. The anti-Gurung faction additionally despatched a veiled threat, saying there might be bloodshed if the state tries to appease each factions of the GJM.

No Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief commented on this until Sunday night time.

Gurung, who was in hiding for 3 and a half years after being charged underneath anti-terror legislation for the violent Gorkhaland agitation in 2017, surfaced in Kolkata on October 21 and pledged his assist to Banerjee. He withdrew his assist from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his ally since 2009.

Gurung helped the BJP win the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat thrice in a row. But he has now vowed to guarantee TMC’s victory within the coming meeting polls. He additionally addressed a giant rally in Siliguri city on December 6.

Gurung’s former lieutenant-turned-rival Binoy Tamang, is just not keen to shake arms with Gurung and welcome him to the hills.

Tamang and his shut aide Anit Thapa held a rally on Sunday at Sukna and stated there might be bloodshed if the state authorities tries to appease each factions of the GJM. Tamang additionally alleged that Gurung is utilizing the Gorkhas to serve his personal curiosity.

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Anit Thapa, the federal government-appointed chairman of the board of directors of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) stated, “We have full faith in the chief minister but I request the state government not to keep two khukris (traditional Gorkha knife) in one sheath. There can be bloodshed.”

Thapa’s statements indicated that Tamang and his males are fearful about an alliance between the TMC and Gurung. The TMC management has not stated something in public on this difficulty until now. The BJP, then again, has raised questions concerning the police safety supplied to Gurung, who remains to be formally an accused in a number of crimes, together with the homicide of a police officer.

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Despite his lengthy absence, Gurung nonetheless has a robust base in Darjeeling whereas Tamang and Thapa failed in serving to TMC within the Lok Sabha polls and Darjeeling meeting bye-election final yr. BJP gained each the elections.

Addressing Sunday’s rally, Tamang demanded bipartite speak between the state authorities and the GJM faction he leads. “We were the ones who restored peace in Darjeeling in 2017. Those who doused the fire can also lit it,” Tamang stated.

Gurung, too, addressed a rally at Birpara in Alipurduar district. He accused the BJP of not doing something for the Gorkhas.

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