Importance of Bimal Gurung In WB Assembly Election 2021

Importance of Bimal Gurung In WB Assembly Election 2021

Adhir Ranjan slams Mamata for ‘unholy alliance’ with Bimal Gurung’s Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
The Bimal Gurung-faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and joined hands with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to contest the West Bengal Assembly Elections in 2021.

After a day of wide-ranging speculations in Kolkata, where he was seen traveling the city’s length and breadth throughout the day, Gurung officially declared his departure from the NDA at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. He announced to help Chief Minister Banerjee win the assembly polls scheduled for next year in West Bengal.

Bimal Gurung is an Indian politician and one of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) founders, a political party demanding the formation of a separate state of Gorkhaland within India. He was the chairperson of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, a semi-autonomous body that governs Darjeeling District and terai’s hilly areas within the state of West Bengal.

Gurung has been hiding since 2017 for fear of being arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after he and his aides were allegedly held accountable for a breach of peace in the Darjeeling hills.

Founder of the GJM, Gurung, was elected as the first head of Darjeeling’s autonomous administrative body Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) when Banerjee’s government formed it.

However, his relationship with the Bengal administration began to riffle when it did not pay any heed to GJM’s demand for creating a separate Gorkhaland state.

During a cabinet meeting on July 8, 2017, Darjeeling, the GJM faction, had attacked the state police and took to violence across the hills. The government had tried to control the issue with an iron fist, resulting in a political turmoil that led to a 104-day extended curfew.

Gurung, is a booked offender under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act (UAPA). The Darjeeling had been on the run since 2017. There are as many as 156 cases against him, including charges of murder and sedition.

A cat and mouse race to arrest the GJM leader had resulted in the killing of several police officers. In its attempt to get Gurung behind bars, the West Bengal police had run several operations in the hills, resulting in the killing of a few officers. One of the slain police officers was Sub-Inspector Amitabha Malik.

After three years of hiding, Gurung made a public appearance in Kolkata on Wednesday and announced that he had severed all ties with the Bhartiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha founder said he would support Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in the 2021 Assembly elections.

Seeing their killer roaming free in Kolkata and getting support from Mamata Banerjee’s TMC hasn’t gone down had well with Malik’s parents. Father Tapan Malik has demanded an “encounter” of the 56-year-old Gorkha leader as “Mamata Banerjee promised”.

Praising Mamata Banerjee for her efforts to bring peace in Darjeeling, the GJM supremo further stated that during their time with TMC, the West Bengal Chief Minister had listened to their issues and tried to get the Central Government on the same table.

What makes the dramatic development more shocking is that there has been no official communication made by the TMC camp regarding their latest ally. Reports in Bengali media suggests that Gurung is yet to hold any official meeting with anyone from the Bengal’s governing party.

Reacting to the sudden appearance and pledge of support to Mamata Banerjee senior CPI (M) leader Ashok Bhattacharya said, “We are not surprised with the development (referring to Bimal Gurung). We have seen many Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) members join the TMC in the past. In Jangalmahal, they have Chhattradhar Mahato, and we all know about his background. We want our chief minister Mamata Banerjee to explain what deal she had with Bimal Gurung. It should not be hidden. Did she agree with GJM’s Gorkhaland demand, and if not, why did GJM decide to support Mamata Banerjee? These are the unanswered questions that need to be clarified by the TMC chief. We condemned the alliance of TMC and GJM as we feel that they are planning something dangerous in the Hills”.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, too, slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her party for the unholy alliance with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung.

Taking to Twitter, the Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha said that this was a “desperate bid” on TMC’s behalf to restore the lost ground in North Bengal.

“In a desperate bid to restore the lost ground in North Bengal Mamata Banerjee thought it prudent to stitch an unholy alliance with the secessionist forces under Gurung, the protagonist of Gorkhaland,” Chowdhury wrote.

“The lady who slapped UAPA against Gurung now is condoning and pampering the same child of her. Now the question is whether Mamata ji will be conceding the issue of Gorkhaland or Gurung is going to relinquish the demand of Gorkhaland,” he added.

Questioning Banerjee’s silence over the issue, he said, “Motormouth Mamata Ji is mute and mum on it, Amitabh Malik was killed by Gurung’s gang. This kind of parochial politics played by Mamata Ji will spell disaster for Bengal.”

He further slammed the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for “leaving no stone unturned in polarising the state with an eye of impending election”.

Chowdhury accused both BJP and TMC of indulging in “divisive politics” in West Bengal and termed it “abominable politics.”

However, it is believed by political experts that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supremo’s support for Mamata Banerjee is a big deal in WB politics.