Bimal's GJM and GNLF joins hands to defeat TMC in Darjeeling

Bimal Gurung GJM and GNLF joint press conference in Delhi
Kolkata: In a fresh turn of events in Bengal, the Gorkha National Liberation Front and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha have decided to fight the Lok Sabha elections together against the Trinamool Congress in Darjeeling.

The Bimal Gurung led GJM and the GNLF, who have long maintained their rivalry, seemed to have now transcended their animosities to come together against the TMC in the Hills.
In 2017, the CID had issued a look out notice against Bimal Gurung for instigating violence, riots, killing, explosions and arson in Darjeeling. Since then, Gurung has been absconding. His name along with the family members’ were also removed from the voters’ list.

Recently, Gurung had approached the Supreme Court for interim protection from arrest in all the criminal cases they faced in Bengal. However, his plea was turned down by the apex court, which came as a major setback. Desperate to return to power, Gurung began talks with the GNLF leadership for an alliance, citing development of the hills.

Political expert Kapil Thakur, said, “This alliance is to protect their identity and Bimal Gurung’s desperation to regain his relevance. I think, this time they will field their own candidates rather than supporting other political parties. This will help them to intensify their demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland with more thrust.”

GJM secretary Rooshan Giri confirmed that GNLF and GJM will forge an alliance keeping the sentiments of the people of the hills in mind. However, the official announcement is expected to be out soon.

“Yes, we are going for an alliance. We felt that more than the party and party colour, the sentiments and demands of the people are important to us. It’s an alliance of our identity and we will contest the Lok Sabha poll together,” GNLF spokesperson, Neeraj Zimba told News18.

Siliguri Mayor and CPI (M) leader, Ashok Bhattacharya said, “I would like to tell the GNLF leadership that this will be the disaster to have an alliance with Bimal Gurung.”

Reacting to the alliance, Goutam Deb, TMC Darjeeling district president, said, “GNLF should not forget how Bimal Gurung backstabbed Subhash Ghisingh. Gurung was close to the GNLF founder and he himself betrayed him in 2007. I don’t want to comment much in the matter.”

Ghisingh had spearheaded the violent Gorkhaland agitation of the 1980s but his movement suffered a setback after Gurung rebelled and broke out to form his own party - Gorkha Janmukti Morcha - on October 7, 2007. Then, Bimal Gurung forced Ghisingh to leave the hills to spend most of his remaining life in Jalpaiguri.

After ten years, in September 20, 2017, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee formed a new body called the “Board of Administrators for Darjeeling Hills (BoA)” and appointed rebel GJM leader Binay Tamang as its Chairman to look in to the affairs of Darjeeling.

Then, Bimal Gurung accused Mamata of trying to divide the people in the hills and appealed to the masses not to step back from their demand for a separate state. 
 
 
गोर्खा राष्ट्रिय मुक्ति मोर्चाले पहाडमा ‘साझा उम्मेद्वार’-को प्रस्ताव राखेर आखिर गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चा (विमल गुरुङ गुट) सँग मिलेर भारतीय जनता पार्टीलाई नै सघाउने निर्णय लिएको छ। गोजमुमो विमल गुरुङ गुट अनि गोरामुमो पार्टीका प्रतिनिधीवर्गले आज दिल्लीमा एक पत्रकार सम्मेलन गरेर भारतीय जनता पार्टीलाई नै लोकसभा चुनावमा समर्थन गर्ने घोषणा गरेको हो।
 
गोरामुमो पार्टीले भाजपालाई समर्थन गर्ने घोषणाले अब पहाडमा साझा उम्मेद्वारको बाटो पनि सम्भवत बन्द भएको छ। यसभन्दा अघि भाजपा अनि तृणमूल कङ्ग्रेस विरोधी शक्तिहरू एकबनेर दार्जीलिङ संसदीय क्षेत्रबाट लोकसभा चुनाव लड्नुपर्ने आह्वानसँगै सर्वदलीय वैठकहरू पनि चल्दै आइरहेको थियो। यस्तो अवस्थामा आफ्नै अघिल्लो अडानबाट पन्सिएर गोरामुमोले गोजमुमो पार्टीका भूमिगत नेता विमल गुरुङ गुटसँग हात मिलाउँदै भाजपालाई नै समर्थन गर्ने घोषणा गरेको छ।
गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चाका भूमिगत नेता विमल गुटका कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष लोबसाङ लामा, लिला कुमार गुरुङ, निरज सुन्दास उपस्थित रहेका थिए भने गोर्खा राष्ट्रिय मुक्ति मोर्चाका एन.बी छेत्री अनि निरज जिम्बाले संयुक्त रूपमा पत्रकार सम्मेललाई सम्बोधन गर्दै आगामी लोकसभा चुनावमा भारतीय जनता पार्टीलाई समर्थन गर्ने घोषणा गरेका हुन्।
‘हामी आज दिल्लीमा पत्रकारहरूलाई सम्बोधन गर्न उपस्थित छौँ।  हामी संयुक्त पत्रकार सम्मेलनबाट भारतीय जनता पार्टीलाई समर्थन गर्ने घोषणा गर्दछौँ’ गोरामुमो पार्टीका प्रवक्ता निरज जिम्बाले पत्रकार सम्मेलनलाई सम्बोधन गर्दै भने। उनले पहाडका दुईवटा राजनैतिक दलहरू जनताको हितमा पुरानो राजनैतिक मतभिन्नतालाई भूलेर एक बनेको पनि दाबी गरेका छन्।
यसक्रममा गोजमुमो विमल गुटका निरज सुन्दासले दार्जीलिङ पहाडमा सन्त्रासको वातावरण रहेको भन्दै प्रजातन्त्र समेत नरहेको दाबी गरे। ‘यो एकताले हामीमा पानी भन्दा रगतको साइनो प्रगाड हुन्छ भन्ने सन्देश दिएको छ। यस एकताले राजनैतिक सचेततालाई समेत दर्शाउँछ’ निरज सुन्दासले अझ भने –‘हामी राजनैतिक स्वार्थका निम्ति एक नभएर जनताको हितका निम्ति एक बनेका छौँ’
गोजमुमो पार्टीका भूमिगत नेता विमल गुरुङ गुट अनि गोरामुमो पार्टीले संयुक्त रूपले पहाडमा भारतीय जनता पार्टीलाई समर्थन गर्ने पत्रकार सम्मेलन डाकेर औपचारिक रूपले घोषणा गरेपनि उनीहरूले पहाडबाट भाजपाको कुन उम्मेद्वारलाई समर्थन गर्ने हुन् भन्ने कुरा भने खुलस्त पारेनन्।
स्मरण रहोस्, केहि दिन अघि मात्रै गोर्खा राष्ट्रिय मुक्ति मोर्चाका प्रवक्ता निरज जिम्बाले ‘जातिको हितमा रावनसँग पनि आफुहरू हात मिलाउन तयार रहेको’ बयान दिएका थिए त्यसपछि नै उनीहरूले दार्जीलिङ संसदीय क्षेत्रबाट डा. महेन्द्र पी. लामा र डा. मुनिष तामाङलाई साझा प्रार्थी बनाउनुपर्ने प्रस्ताव राखेर साझा प्रार्थीको सहमतिको बाटोमा नै बाधा समेत सिर्जना गरेका थिए। त्यसपछि आखिरमा भाजपालाई गोर्खाल्याण्ड विरोधी देख्ने गोरामुमो पार्टीले अन्तिम समयमा लोकसभा चुनावमा गोजमुमो विमल गुटसँग हात मिलाएर समर्थनको घोषणा गरेर पहाडमा नयाँ राजनैतिक चुनावी समिकरण ल्याएको छ।
 
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In a fresh turn of events in Bengal, the Gorkha National Liberation Front and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha have decided to fight the Lok Sabha elections together against the Trinamool Congress in Darjeeling.

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