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Darjeeling does not want Gurung back, says Binoy Tamang
Bimal Gurung, key leader of a faction of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, announces decision to form an alliance with the TMC.
'We think this is the appropriate time for the Centre to make Darjeeling a Union territory with a legislature. We would soon start agitation over this,' Gorkha Janamukti Morcha representative said.
Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy’s recent statement has kicked up a storm in the Darjeeling region in north Bengal.
A section of the hill residents, however, feel short-changed by the BJP, which earlier showed sympathy towards the Gorkhaland agitation, but is coy about the demand in this poll, as it does not want to spoil its chance in the other 41 seats in Bengal.
'How is Raju Bista?' is a question making the rounds in the politically fractured and strategically placed hills in Northern Bengal.
Raising the bogey of Gorkhaland periodically, hill parties have tried to stay relevant in the hill politics, say analysts. However, no political party or leader has been sincere in resolving the century-old demand.
A semblance of peace has returned to Darjeeling but the tension still lurks.
The GJM leader had claimed in the top court that he was being politically persecuted by the West Bengal government.
His departure from TMC can be seen in the light of further carrying out political aspirations in Sikkim-his home state.
However, five additional companies of the CRPF will be in the hills to assist the state police force.
A sub-inspector was shot dead and four policemen were injured in clashes allegedly with Gurung's supporters on Friday.
The police team had gone to a forest to catch the leader of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha
On Thursday, Ghosh was allegedly chased and heckled by rebel GJM supporters, who gathered and raised slogans for saying 'no' to Gorkhaland.
Rajnath Singh, earlier in a statement, said that the Centre was taking all possible steps to resolve the row through dialogue.
"dialogue is the only way out to resolve any problem and solutions can be found through restraint and mutual dialogue within the legal ambit," he said.
Police baton-charged the protestors and arrested 12 GJM supporters.
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