The turmoil within the GJM is signaling a split in the party, as the party chief coordinator Binay Tamang was removed from his position, hours after he suspended the indefinite shutdown in the Darjeeling Hills. The strike was suspended till September 12 when parties of the hills would be meeting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Siliguri. GJM chief Bimal Gurung, who is hiding from the police, has claimed, “a new set of leadership has come about which is again going to betray the Gorkha community after getting along with the Bengal government,” as per The Indian Express.
Gurung, in a video released from an undisclosed location, said, “I had come to know about this long back and issued a press release. Some leaders felt bad… I had proof they were plotting against me and other leaders they did not like…” “Getting along with the Bengal government, these people are now trying to destroy the aspiration and just demand of the Gorkha community. They have done bishwasghat (betrayed) with the people, so, I appeal to all to protest…,” he was quoted as saying by IE.
Gurung, in an apparent reference to Tamang and GJM assistant general secretary Kurseong Anit Thapa, said, “These two people are playing selfish games. The people stayed hungry and are fighting for their right and these two people have destroyed it all… They must have thought that since there are so many cases against Bimal Gurung, he cannot do anything. So they played dirty politics and added cases against me…”
The Bengal chief minister has welcomed the decision of calling off the strike. But, GJM general secretary Roshan Giri has maintained that the strike will continue.“Tamang and some other leaders are part of a conspiracy… They were only sent (to Kolkata) for talks. The central committee meeting they claimed to have held today is false, ” Giri told Indian Express.