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JB Tamang, President, Himalayan Plantation Workers' Union (HPWU- affiliated to the GNLF)
Darjeeling: JB Tamang, President, Himalayan Plantation Workers' Union (HPWU- affiliated to the GNLF) fell ill while being produced at the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court (ACJM,) Kurseong on Monday. He has been admitted in the ICU of the Darjeeling District Hospital. Fifty-six year old Tamang had been implicated in a case under the Naxalbari Police Station and arrested in the wee hours on Sunday. He had been produced at the Siliguri ACJM court from where he was granted bail.

However, as soon as he stepped out he was re-arrested in connection with a case under the Mirik police station. Tamang was produced at the ACJM Court in Kurseong on Monday. Tamang fell ill and even lost consciousness when was produced at the court. He was rushed to the Kurseong sub divisional Hospital. From there he was referred to the Darjeeling district hospital. Tamang was then brought to Darjeeling and admitted in the ICU. Later in the evening GNLF top brass including party President Mann Ghising paid him a visit. "His condition has improved stated" Dinesh Sampang, GNLF leader.

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CPRM President RB Rai for Gorkhaland LS Darjeeling Candidate
तृणमूल र भाजपाझैँ तानाशाही पार्टीहरूद्वारा प्रायोजित राजनीतिलाई नकार्दै अनि गोर्खाल्याण्डको मागलाई बुलन्द गर्ने अठोटसहित् आज क्रामाकपा अध्यक्ष श्री आर. बी. राईले निर्दलीय प्रार्थीको रूपमा दार्जीलिंग लोकसभा समष्टिको निम्ति आफ्नो नामांकन-पत्र बुझाए । नामांकन बुझाउन जाँदा श्री राईलाई साथ दिन सिलगढ़ीबाट सीपीआईएमएल लिबरेसनका दार्जीलिंग जिल्ला सचिव श्री अभिजित मजुमदार पनि उपस्थित रहेका थिए भने पार्टीका केन्द्रीय नेतृत्वलगायत समर्थकहरू पनि उपस्थित थिए। यसक्रममा चुनाउलाई चुनौतीको रूपमा स्वीकार्दै श्री राईले आफ्नो उम्मेदारिता गणतन्त्रलाई कुल्चने, जातिलाई धोका दिने, ढाँटछल गर्ने शक्तिहरूको विरुद्ध सकारात्मक शक्तिहरूलाई एकीकृत गर्ने अभियान हो भनी बताए। एकातिर उनले राज्य सरकारद्वारा गोर्खाल्याण्ड आन्दोलनकारीहरूमाथि गरिएको ज्यादतीको आलोचना गर्दै यसको विरुद्ध उभिनु आवश्यक रहेको बताए भने अर्कोतिर गोर्खा जातिको मुक्तिको नाममा सुडो न्यासनलिस्टहरू, जाली-फटाहाहरूलाई प्रश्रय दिनु नहुने बताए । गोर्खाल्याण्ड र गणतन्त्र नै आफ्नो उम्मेदारिताको मूल आवाज हो, उनले भने ।

श्री आर. बी. राईले मनोयन-पत्र बुझाएपछि श्री राईबारे बोल्दै पार्टीका केन्द्रीय प्रवक्ताले गोर्खा जाति र खटिखाने जनताको पक्षको सङ्घर्षमा नै आफ्नो सम्पूर्ण जीवन कुर्बानी गर्ने श्री आर. बी. राईको बारेमा जनतालाई बताइरहन नपर्ने बताए। प्रवक्ताले भने, जनताका निम्ति आफूले गरेका लामो राजनीतिक सङ्घर्ष, त्याग, तपस्या र इमान्दारिताले उनी जनताबीच गोर्खा राजनीतिका नमुना व्यक्तित्वका रूपमा परिचित र स्थापित भइसकेका छन्। राज्यसभा सांसद हुँदा नेपाली भाषालाई भारतको संविधानभित्र अन्तर्भुक्त गराउन उनले निर्वाह गरेको नेतृत्व जगजाहेर छ ।

चियाबारी, सिन्कोनाबारीलगायत यस क्षेत्रका विविध समस्याहरूबारे श्री राईले संसदमा निरन्तररूपमा उठाएका सवालहरूबारे अघिबाटै दुईवटा पुस्तिकाहरू प्रकाशित भइसकेको बताउँदै उनी सांसद हुँदा उनले पाउने सीमित सांसद कोषबाट दार्जीलिङ क्षेत्रभरिका विभिन्न स्कूलका भवनहरू, सङ्घ-संस्थाका भवनहरू, सामुदायिक भवनहरू, पुस्तकालयहरू, बाटो-घाटो, पूल, पानी र विद्युतीय व्यवस्थाहरू –को निर्माण र मरमतिका निम्ति दिएका अनुदानहरूको एउटा छुट्टै इतिहास छ रहेको बताए। “सांसद फण्ड पनि हुँदोरहेछ भन्ने कुरा हामीले आर. बी. राई सांसद हुँदा मात्र थाहा पायौं” भनेर जनताले दिनेगरेका अभिव्यक्तिहरूले पनि उनले त्यसताक गरेका विकासका कामहरूको पुष्टि गर्दछन् भनी प्रवक्ताले ठोकुवा गरे।

उनले भने, गोर्खाल्याण्डको मुद्दाकै निम्ति आर.बी राईले १९९६ मा बङ्गालको सत्तासीन दल सीपीआईएमसँग विद्रोह गरे । गोर्खाल्याण्डकै निम्ति उनले आफ्नो सांसदको पद र राजनीतिक जीवनलाई धरी दाउमा लगाए । “सत्ता, पद, पावर कि गोर्खाल्याण्ड ?” भन्ने निर्णायक घडीमा एक निमेष पनि दोधार नगरी उनी गोर्खाल्याण्डको पक्षमा उभिए । सब त्यागेर गोर्खाल्याण्डकै पक्षमा उनले क्रामाकपा गठन गरे । उनले निरन्तररूपमा गोर्खाल्याण्डको पक्षमा आवाज उठाएको आज २३ वर्ष भयो । कहिले राज्य सरकार अनि कहिले केन्द्र सरकारद्वारा प्रायोजित गोर्खे मुखण्डोधारी शक्तिहरू दार्जीलिङ पहाडमा स्थापित र विस्थापित भए । तर आर. बी. राईले सदैव आफ्नै स्वाधीन खुट्टामा उभिएर इमान्दार र स्वाभिमानी राजनीति गरिरहे । कहिले समूह बाँधेर लडे, कहिले एक्लै लडे तर सदैव इमान्दार भएर उनी गोर्खाल्याण्डप्रेमी जनताको निम्ति लडे । गोर्खाल्याण्ड भन्दै पद, पावर र सत्तामा पुग्नेहरू हामीले धेरै देख्यौँ तर गोर्खाल्याण्डको निम्ति पद, पावर र सत्ताको कुर्बानी दिने व्यक्ति श्री आर. बी. राई मात्र हुन्, क्रामाकपा प्रवक्ताले दाबी गरे।

क्रामाकपा मिडिया सेल

We want Gorkhaland
SILIGURI: At the vortex of a separate statehood movement for last four decades, Darjeeling in West Bengal hills is showing an entirely different political picture in parliament election this time. Reason behind is many splits in the statehood demand support base.

After BJP has finalized a 33 years old entrepreneur from Manipur Raju Bista as its candidate, Darjeeling has become a battlefield for four major political forces.

While INC has AICC member and son of soil Shankar Malakar as its candidate, CPIM’s candidate is another local and ex Rajyasabha MP Saman Pathak. Bengal’s ruling party TMC has veteran hill politics personality and hardcore separate statehood supporter Amar Singh Rai.

As the trend goes, out of total around 15 lakh voters, a chunk of around 6.5 lakh from three assembly constituencies in the hills is almost entirely Goarkhaland supporter. But the plains vote from rest four assembly constituencies is as usual a mix for mainly left, TMC and INC with comparatively less saffron bias. Eventually tilt of hill’s 6.5 lakh block vote always decides the winner. After INC enjoyed this support for more than once, BJP had it in 2009 and 2014.

But, “Both INC and BJP just played with Gorkhaland aspiration compelling us to think in other way,” said Binoy Tamang, supremo of the breakaway faction of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha. Tamang faction is the strongest political force in hills now.

TMC, that crafted the split within GJM to form this faction, has given ticket to Rai who is a Tamang loyalist and MLA from Darjeeling assembly constituency. On the other side, the other half of GJM, led by its leader Bimal Gurung, has remained with BJP.

The split in the block hill vote has given air to left as well as INC house. “We are hopeful with our strong support base in plains,” said CPIM’s Saman Pathak. INC’s Shankar Malakar is also banking upon his strength in plains. But BJP leaders are not that confident this time. However, “We should win here as the major portion of the hills force in our side,” said TMC leader and West Bengal Goutam Deb with bold voice.

But all, including TMC leaders, have agreed that the turf is not silk smooth for any one this time.

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SILIGURI: At the vortex of a separate statehood movement for last four decades, Darjeeling in West Bengal hills is showing an entirely different political picture in parliament election this time. Reason behind is many splits in the statehood demand support base.

After BJP has finalized a 33 years old entrepreneur from Manipur Raju Bista as its candidate, Darjeeling has become a battlefield for four major political forces.

While INC has AICC member and son of soil Shankar Malak ..

Raju Bista BJP Candidate
“How is Raju Bista?” is a question doing the rounds in politically fractured and strategically placed hills in Northern Bengal. Resentment, an emotion beyond anger, is the feeling among a section of the Gorkhas in the hills of Darjeeling who feel short-charged by their political leadership.
Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung’s faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the Gorkha National Front’s (GNLF) decision to support Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Raju Singh Bista has left the community feeling a sense of betrayal. Political analysts say the move will deepen the divide within political equations in the sensitive border region with hill community leaders calling a “rank outsider and a political greenhorn” for the crucial Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat.
Thirty-nine-year-old Bista is a resident of Kangpok district in Manipur. He is the Managing Director of Rs 4,000 crore multinational conglomerate which has products ranging from fans to LEDs and PVC pipes and exports its products to more than 44 countries.
Darjeeling has been the nerve centre of a centuries-old demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland for Gorkhas of Indian-origin and other communities living in the hills. Hours after the BJP announced its candidate, the Gurung faction and the GNLF (the party which spearheaded a 28-month-long bloody movement for Gorkhaland) extended their support to Bista, the Gorkha business tycoon from Manipur. Resentment soon started brewing within the ranks of the faction of the GJM’s Gurung faction, which has, since its formation in 2008, been the primary ally of the BJP in the hills.
While the decision has taken the Gorkha community in Darjeeling by surprise, GJM’s central committee member Swaraj Thapa of the Gurung faction quit the party protesting against “the idea of foisting a candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat who is a rank outsider, has little political background and absolutely no knowledge or interest about the issues regarding Darjeeling, including its core issue of Gorkhaland.”
Thapa, a journalist-turned-political and media advisor to Gurung, tells Outlook that the GJM had allied with the BJP considering the fact that it was the first national party that agreed to include the demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland in its election manifesto.
“The GJM (then under the helm of Gurung) had put its entire lot behind the BJP to elect two successive BJP candidates—former union minister Jaswant Singh and later, veteran leader SS Ahluwalia,” he says. Incidentally the BJP opened its account in Bengal with the Darjeeling seat and in 2014, the GJM helped elect Ahluwalia by a margin of 1.5 lakh votes.
“But over the last 10-12 years, the BJP did not deliver its promise on Gorkhaland. Apart from lip-service, the BJP did nothing to further the cause of Gorkhaland. During the 104-day Gorkhaland agitation in 2017 when more than 14 Gorkhas were martyred, the BJP MP Ahluwalia did not even visit the hills or speak about the highhandedness of the Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government,” Thapa adds.
Thapa says Ahluwalia had been facing criticism for not visiting his constituency in the last five years and also for not being present during the 104 day strike in 2017 when the hills witnessed a shutdown and more than 14 people were killed in violent clashes between Gorkhaland supporters and security forces.
Thapa wrote an open letter to Gurung, who has been on the run since August 2017.
“It is unfortunate that we have not been able to find an able candidate for Darjeeling who can take up issues on behalf of the people of Darjeeling. A candidate who is able to oppose the high-handedness of the state and assure the people of Darjeeling that he will speak on their behalf, take care of their problems and take forward the primary issue of Darjeeling, which is the issue of Gorkhaland,” Thapa wrote in the letter, which he has since been posted on social media platforms.
Analysts say the coming together of the two opponents on the hill is “politics of staying relevance”. GJM and GNLF are parties which have ruled the hills following violent movements for a separate state of Gorkhaland from the mid-1980s till mid-2017.However, with the GJM (Gurung faction) and GNLF combine foisting a “rank outsider” for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, political equations have changed drastically, analysts say.
GJM, the power centre of the Hills for more than a decade until now, has undergone a vertical split with the larger faction being led by Binay Tamang and the other by Bimal Gurung. Gurung and his close confidants are implicated in multiple cases and are underground since the shutdown in the hills in mid-2017 that saw the Binay Tamang faction taking over the reins of the hill party and the control of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). It subsequently aligned itself with the Trinamool Congress.
“Since then, the former GJM boss has been trying to stay relevant in hill politics by periodically issuing statements on social media and releasing videos clips from “undisclosed” locations, to allay fears of him being forced into political wilderness and to keep, what is left of his support base, intact,” says a Darjeeling-based analyst.
Darjeeling goes to polls on April 18 and the last date of filing nominations is March 26.“It was very unfortunate that the hill leadership have become mere puppets in the hands of Delhi and Calcutta. The BJP has taken advantage of the personal compulsions of our leadership,” Thapa says.

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Dr Harka Bahadur Chhetri JAP President
In a row of Bhumiputra.... Jan Andolan Party (JAP) president Dr Harka Bahadur Chhetri to contest Loksabha Election as Bhumiputra candidate from Darjeeling Loksabha Seat. In this year of LS Election 2019 there are numbers of Bhumiputras has filed nomination for their candidature in Darjeeling Loksabha Seat. In a line of Bhumiputra Candidate from GJM Binay faction backed TMC candidate is Amarsingh Rai, Bimal Gurung faction of GJM backed BJP Candidate Raju Bista, CPM(I) candiate Saman Pathak, Independent Candidate Reseeka Chettri, from CPRM RB Rai and now JAP president Dr Harka Bahadur Chhetri's name has came in public.


Gorkha National Youth Front GNYF of GNLF
गोरामुमो शीर्षस्थ नेतृत्व र बिमल गुरुङपन्थी गोजमुमो बीचको गठबन्धनलाई मङपु गोरामुमो युवा एकाईले स्वागत जनाएको छ | दार्जीलिंग लगायत सर्वभारतीय गोर्खाहरुका सबैभन्दा महत्वपूर्ण विषय जातीय अस्मिता र चिन्हारी हो भन्ने भनाई मङपु गोरामुमो युवा एकाईको छ | गोरामुमो र गोजमुमो (बिमल गुट) बीच सिधान्त र राजनैतिक एजेण्डा एकै भएकोले गठबन्धनलाई युवा एकाईले स्वीकार्य ठानेको छ | यस मिलनलाई जातीय मर्यादाको निम्ति ऐतिहासिक कदम मानेका छन् | बितेको बिहिबार मङपु गोरामुमो पार्टी कार्यलयमा गोरामुमो युवा एकाईको साधारण सभा बस्दै यस गठबन्धनलाई स्वागत जनाउनुको साथै स्वीकार्य मानेको हो | गोरामुमोको हाल मङपुमा लोकसभा चुनावलाई केन्द्र गरेर युवा एकाई गठन गर्दै मङपु लाठ समष्टि र मङपु जोन पनि अस्तित्वमा ल्याएको छ |
मङपु लाठ समष्टिमा सभापति ज्ञानदीप राई, उपसभापति गणित गुरुङ(लाठपन्चर), सचिव दीपकर राई, सहसचिव दिपेन तामांग, भुपाल राई, कोषाध्यक्ष योगेश तामांग, लेखापाल वाङगेल तामांग, प्रवक्ता जिग्मी सिंग्देन चयन भएका छन् भने अर्कोतिर मङपु जोन गोरामुमो युवा एकाईमा अध्यक्ष प्रदीप राई, उपाध्यक्ष अमित छेत्री, सचिव प्रसन्न तामांग, सहसचिव साहिल राई, बुद्ध रसाइली, कोषाध्यक्ष अभिषेक राई, लेखापाल दिपेन तामांग अनि खगेन छेत्रीलाई चयन गरिएको छ | गोरामुमो र गोजमुमो बिमलपन्थीको यस गठबन्धनलाई लाठ मङपु समष्टि युवा एकाई प्रवक्ता जिग्मी सिंग्दनले महत्वपूर्ण साथै ऐतिहासिक बताएका छन् || 

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