Three days after the lacking Darjeeling chief Bimal Gurung, who led a violent agitation for a separate state Gorkhaland, resurfaced in Kolkata, his rivals presently in charge of the hill station held protest demonstrations on Sunday and warned that if his return meant a return to violence, individuals wouldn’t let him enter the hills.
Sunday’s protest in Darjeeling was apparently in response to supporters of the Gorkha Jamukti Morcha Bimal Gurung (GJM-BG) faction put up their celebration flags within the hill city yesterday for the primary time since he went underground in 2017. A number of the flags went up at Chowk Bazaar, a busy market place within the centre of the city.
Leaders of the youth entrance of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha loyal to Gurung’s rival Benoy Tamang (GJM-BT) who organised Sunday’s protests took down the Bimal Gurung celebration flags.
“We wish peace within the hills. If Gurung’s few remaining cadre in Darjeeling create hassle then the administration and the individuals won’t let him enter the hills,” mentioned Alok Kantamani Thulung, Darjeeling Subdivision President GJM-BT, mentioned.
He claimed some abusive posters had been put up in Kalimpong with threats of violence. “We wish to give Bimal Gurung to rein in his cadres — the few which might be nonetheless there. We do not need the hills disturbed,” he added.
The protest at Chowk Bazaar started at 11 am with lots of of individuals shouting slogans for peace within the hills and a handful additionally elevating slogans towards Bimal Gurung.
“He isn’t returning to the hills with Gorkhaland as he had promised. He’s solely coming right here for his personal safety. He has a historical past of making hassle. We do not need him right here,” a number of audio system on the Chowk Bazaar rally mentioned.
Within the three days after his dramatic return within the public area and his press meet the place he declared that he would work with the Trinamool Congress to see Mamta Banerjee develop into Chief Minister of West Bengal for the third time in 2021, Bimal Gurung has saved a low profile apparently holed up in a prime metropolis resort.
Bimal Gurung has a number of severe prison instances towards him together with the cost of being concerned within the homicide of a policeman and prices of sedition below UAPA. There’s even a lookout discover for him issued by the West Bengal administration in 2017 however there are not any indicators of an imminent arrest.
When Gurung surfaced on Thursday, Trinamool Congress tweeted that it welcomes Mr Gurung’s dedication to peace and choice to withdraw help from the NDA and repose his confidence within the management of Mamta Banerjee.
However after that one tweet there was no additional communication in within the public area from both Gurung or the Trinamool Congress.
We welcome Bimal Gurung’s dedication to peace & choice to withdraw help from NDA whereas reposing religion in @MamataOfficial‘s management. BJP’s makes an attempt to make use of Gorkhaland subject for petty politics & their untrustworthy nature now lay absolutely uncovered earlier than individuals of Bengal. (half of)
– All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) October 21, 2020
Opposition events BJP Congress and the left have raised questions concerning the so-called deal between the GJM-BG and Mamata Banerjee. Has Mamata Banerjee agreed to the formation of Gorkhaland, her political opponents have requested.
In his press meet on Thursday, Mr Gurung mentioned he was dedicated to the thought of a separate state of Gorkhaland. He mentioned he was quitting the NDA as a result of it didn’t ship on its promise for a separate state “Mamta Banerjee has all the time saved her commitments which is why I’m supporting her for the 2021 elections,” he mentioned.