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Bimal Gurung’s Nepal trip fuels speculation

Bimal Gurung led a team to Kathmandu, Nepal
Pashupati ko darshan, sidra ko byapaar’ is a popular adage people in the Hills use when someone is meaning to take double advantage from one single work or when someone aims to have two jobs done at one single visit to a place.
The proverb has been doing the rounds in the Hills ever since Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) chief Bimal Gurung led a team to Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday.
While a section of the people feels that Mr Gurung’s entourage is there only to fulfill vows the GJMM office bearers had taken, that is to go on a pilgrimage of some of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hinduism in Nepal, others feel the team will also observe the development projects being undertaken there, like the Manakahama cable car (ropeway) that is situated in one of the pilgrimage sites of Manakama temple.
Yet another section of the people feel Mr Gurung will also hobnob with politicians and ministers there in Kathmandu, while also visiting the holy places.
GTA sources said the visit of Mr Gurung and three other Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) members to Nepal is a religious one as they are set to offer prayers at Pashupatinath Temple, Manokamana Temple and Gueshwari Temple. GTA members Roshan Giri, Arun Singchi and Anit Thapa are accompanying Mr Gurung and they are likely to return on 29 September.
The sources said that all the four leaders had earlier vowed to visit the temples, “and what better time than the holy week of navratna.”
Even Mr Gurung has himself said that the visit is purely personal.
Some section of the people and political outfits are right now engaged in intense discussions and guesswork on the Nepal visit.
“They may have gone there to oversee development work like the Manakamana ropeway which they might want to emulate and implement in Darjeeling Hills,” an observer here said.
People are also guessing that the leaders would hold talks with ministers and political leaders in Kathmandu on the 1950 treaty and other issues.
“Bimal Gurung is a religious man and he must have gone to Nepal to merely fulfill his vows,” a local man, meanwhile, said here.
“The saying that once in Pashupati (nath Temple), they will also trade some sidra (dry fish) there, aptly fits in here, as the team, while offering prayers in the temples, will also obviously get down to business. After all they are party leaders/politicians,” another local said. 

Source: sns

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