Darjeeling: The Binay Tamang-Anit Thapa camp of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha received a major fillip on Sunday when a senior GNLF leader from Kurseong, Daya Dewan, joined their party, along with 362 families supporting the GNLF.
Bhaskar Rai, the president of the Gorkha Janmukti Vidyarathi Morcha that was siding with Bimal Gurung, also pledged allegiance to the Binay camp in Darjeeling.
With the GNLF stepping up its activities in the hills of late, Mann Ghisingh’s party has been making major strides in expanding its support base. However, Dewan’s decision to join the Binay faction has come as a major dampener for the GNLF as Dewan was among the more visible faces of the GNLF in Kurseong.
“The party (GNLF) is functioning according to the whims and fancies of few. They need to be humble as Anit Thapa and learn to encompass everyone within the party fold. I have decided to join them as I have liked the way Anit Thapa is working, his humbleness and the way he is tackling the politics of the region. I have ideological differences with the present GNLF leadership,” said Dewan.
Dewan was the press and publicity secretary of the GNLF’s Kurseong branch committee.