Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung, on the run since 2017 following an agitation for statehood in Darjeeling, was on Wednesday noticed exterior Gorkha Bhavan in Salt Lake space in Kolkata on Wednesday. The police, which was additionally current on the venue, didn’t arrest Gurung, who has been charged with greater than 150 circumstances, together with these underneath UAPA, for his alleged involvement in the agitation three years in the past.
This is for the primary time Gurung got here out in the open following the Darjeeling unrest in 2017. He had been hiding since then to evade arrest.
Speaking to the media, Gurung stated his outfit has determined to stroll out of the NDA, because the BJP-led dispensation “failed to find a permanent political solution” for the Hills. Gurung, flanked by shut aide Roshan Giri, rued that the central authorities was but fulfil its promise of recognising 11 Gorkha communities as Scheduled Tribes.
He vowed to help the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in its struggle in opposition to the BJP in the 2021 Bengal Assembly elections.
“All I want to say is that our demand for Gorkhaland still remains, we will take this cause forward. It is our aim, our vision. In the 2024 election, we will support the party which will take up this cause,” he stated.
He additional introduced that he was allying with the Trinamool Congress forward of the 2021 Bengal meeting election.
“Centre didn’t meet the commitment they made but Mamata Banerjee fulfilled all promises she made. So, I would like to separate myself from NDA, I would like to break our relation with BJP. In 2021 Bengal election we’ll forge an alliance with TMC & give a reply to BJP,” he added.
Between July and September 2017, the Darjeeling hills suffered a 104-day document basic shutdown known as by Gurung demanding a separate Gorkhaland. During the agitation, 13 individuals, together with two policemen, died.