Siliguri: The fugitive Darjeeling leader, Bimal Gurung, has congratulated Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling for becoming the longest serving chief minister in India.
In a press release, Gurung, has referred to the hard times that Chamling had to face in the early nineties, that is, before and immediately after forming the Sikkim Democratic Front.
Chamling had to stay outside Sikkim for some time then. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leader’s remarks have been interpreted as an attempt to draw a parallel between him and Chamling to regain support in the Darjeeling hills.
Gurung hasn’t appeared in public in the hills after the Bengal government slapped several cases on him in connection with the violent statehood movement last year.