Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung made it clear in an audio message on Wednesday that he is not in favour of withdrawing the strike in the hills unless there is a tripartite meeting.
On Tuesday, an all party meeting took place in Uttarkanya, but Gurung, the GJM founder who is in hiding, didn’t attend. Some other GJM members, like new rising GJM star Binay Tamang, who are reportedly trying to sideline Gurung during the meeting.
While it was underway, Gurung, clad in a blue T-shirt, was moving about restlessly in his hideout, trying to monitor what was being said through TV and radio.
After learning that the issue of Gorkhaland wasn’t brought up at the meeting, an upset Gurung decided to send an audio message to his followers.
“I want a tripartite meeting. Before that I am not in favour of withdrawing the strike,” said Gurung.
Gurung’s comment comes against the backdrop of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal to the agitators to withdraw the indefinite shutdown which entered its 90th day yesterday.
Gurung also called Tamang his “subordinate”.
“The movement is still in my hand. Binay (Tamang) is my subordinate. He hijacked the issues which were raised by me,” Gurung is believed to have said to his followers.
Gurung further alleged that Tamang was trying to sacrifice the cause of Gorkhaland.