After 3 years, absconding GJM leader Bimal Gurung makes public appearance in Kolkata
October 21: Gorkha Janmukti Party's MIA founder and leader Bimal Gurung made a public appearance in Kolkata with his aide Roshan Giri, after three years of hiding from police arrest since the 2017 Gorkhaland agitation, announcing his breakaway from Bharatiya Janata Party and declaring that he would like to ally with the Trinamool Congress before the 2021 Bengal elections.
He hosted a press meet outside Gorkha Bhavan in Salt Lake, Kolkata where he spoke candidly about the failure of the BJP in committing to their promises to the Darjeeling hills. Although he was not allowed inside the Gorkha Bhavan, the police on the scene did not arrest him despite more than a hundred charges against him, the most notable being the UAPA charge for the 2017 Gorkhaland agitation.
The GJM leader also stated that he felt strongly about his loyalty to the Darjeeling hills and that he would fight for it even if he were caught by the police on account of the multiple charges against him.
In a surprising turn of events, Gurung has mentioned that the BJP did not improve the condition of the hills and therefore would reach his hand out to Mamata Banerjee, the current Chief Minister of West Bengal stating that he would like to see her as the CM for the third time in 2021. This is a major turnaround from 2017 when he had deemed her a 'witch'.
It should be noted that Gurung has allied with the BJP for over a decade, with his BJP nominee Raju Bista winning the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in 2019.
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