Darjeeling: GJM president Bimal Gurung on Thursday said he will appear before people on October 30 and urged them to turn out in large numbers for it.
Gurung spoke to reporters over phone from an undisclosed location.He had slipped out of public view after the June 15 police raid on his Patlebas home. He said people wanted him to come out in the open and he would do so on October 30. But he refrained from giving specific details.
The GJM leader issued a 10-day ultimatum to Tamang to provide proof of his allegations that Gurung and his aides were trying to kill him. “I will file a case against him if he fails to do so,” he said.
Gurung’s statement curiously coincides with GJM-affiliated Janmukti Aasthayi Karmachari Sangathan (JAKS), a body of GTA casual workers, reaffirming its allegiance to the Tamang camp. The entire central committee of the body resigned to give shape to a new one.
Addressing a separate press conference in Kalimpong, Tamang too welcomed the Centre’s proposed move. “After I was made the GJM chief coordinator, I first wrote to the Centre on September 3. After being made the GTA BoA chairperson on October 10, I wrote to the Centre and also to the Union home secretary. It is due to these three letters that the Centre is forming the committee,” he said.