GJM Chief Bimal Gurung Challenges Mamata Banerjee As Violence Takes Over Darjeeling

7:35 pm 16 Jun, 2017


Bimal Gurung of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) challenged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop him from leading a renewed agitation for Gorkhaland. Gurung is the political leader of GJM.

Bimal Gurung declared,

I am the chief minister of the hills. I challenge her (Mamata Banerjee) to stop the agitation in the hills.

The GJM has remained a long time ally of the BJP and part of the NDA. Like the NDA’s largest constituent BJP, the GJM is principally opposed to the ruling TMC in West Bengal. He also demanded a separate statehood for Gorkhaland, soon after which violence with security forces began in the adjoining areas.

After getting the news about the erupting violence in the state, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, met GJM general secretary, Roshan Giri, and BJP’s Darjeeling lawmaker, SS Ahluwalia, to handle the condition.
In 2007, Bimal Gurung showed intense political awareness when the Gorkhas joined hands in support of ‘Indian Idol’ contestant Prashant Tamang, who is a Gorkha. Prashant Tamang seemed to give a distinct identity to Indian Gorkhas from Sikkim and West Bengal to those living in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

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Bimal Gurung used this unanimity to his advantage and termed it the Great Gorkha Unification. West Bengal has the largest population of Gorkhas – more than 22 lakh. He used the ‘Indian Idol’ sentiment to garner support for his politics and launched a tirade against Ghising, who was ultimately ousted from the DHDC in 2007.


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