Senior GJM leaders Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa were on Friday expelled from Gorkha Janmukti Morcha on the charges of “violating” the party line and anti-party activities, Press Trust of India reported. The decision to remove Tamang and Thapa was taken at an emergency meeting of GJM’s central committee convened by its supremo Bimal Gurung at an undisclosed location near the Darjeeling-Sikkim border, the report says. “Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa have been expelled from the party for violating the party line and anti-party activities,” GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told PTI. Earlier, Gurung removed Tamang from the post of GJM convener last night for his decision to suspend the Darjeeling shutdown till September 12. Along with expelling the two leaders, the meeting also decided that the GJM will attend the September 12 talks with the state government scheduled to be held in north Bengal.
Reacting to his expulsion, Tamang said, “This is completely undemocratic. I am a founding member of the GJM. They can’t expel me like this. I will seek legal opinion against this decision.” He added that he won’t form a separate party.” PTI reports that people came out in support of carrying forward the shutdown since last night. Rallies supporting the indefinite bandh were taken out in Darjeeling, Kurseong, Mirik, Sonada and Kalimpong last night.
Earlier, Gurung had slammed Tamang decision to withdraw the strike. “There is no question of withdrawing or suspending the shutdown. Why would we do that? Has the government initiated talks on Gorkhaland? The answer is no,” Gurung had said.”We appeal to the Gorkha people to strongly oppose Binay Tamang’s announcement to call off the strike. He has no right to suspend the strike. In order to ensure that the shutdown is not withdrawn, the agitation in all parts of the hills will be further intensified” he added. Gurung also lambasted Tamang as a “traitor” who was playing into the hands of the state government. “He has been removed as party convenor and a central committee meeting has been convened to decide on whether to expel him from party,” he said.