Gurung Likely To Get ‘Gang-Less’


Darjeeling: A rising tide of disillusioned Bimal Gurung supporters seems to be bursting through the floodgates.

A day after Binita Roka, a close associate of the former Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief during last year’s Gorkhaland agitation likened Gurung to mercurial Delhi Sultan Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq, another of his confidants said Gurung had led a movement devoid of “strategy and planning”.

“Bimal Gurung led an agitation which only let to lot of poor people getting jailed, a not-so-educated leader doomed the community…. Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa drank poison to save our community. We would like to thank the two,” Barod Thapa, a former president of Morcha youth wing Yuwa Morcha from Kalimpong, said. The reference was to current party chief Tamang and his confidant Anit.

Barod was reported to have earlier extended support to the Binay-Anit camp but this was the first time he did so publicly. Later on Wednesday, Barod was made vice-president of the Yuwa Morcha’s central committee.