Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has stated that it has nothing to do with the BJP or the NDA alliance anymore as a feeling of betrayal has crept in with the saffron party’s silence during the 104-day-long bandh.
The political rift further widened with the recent statement of the BJP Bengal president’s statement that only an electoral alliance exists between the two parties. L M Lama, the organising chief of the GJM, stated that the BJP has been exposed with the statement of Dilip Ghosh, state president of the BJP, that only an electoral alliance exists between the BJP and the GJM. During the agitation last year along with the 104-day bandh which left 13 people dead, Delhi maintained a calculated silence.
Interestingly, during his visit to the Hills on October 5 last year, Ghosh along with other BJP leaders was heckled. GJM supporters from the Binay Tamang camp had waved black flags and alleged that Ghosh was trying to disturb the peace and tranquility of the Hills.
Meanwhile, in a press release, GJM leader Bimal Gurung, who is on the run, dubbed the statement of Binay Tamang that the GJM has quit the NDA alliance as “absurd”, further claiming that it does not reflect the official stand of the GJM.