GJM pulls out of NDA alliance, accuses BJP of betraying Gorkhas’ trust

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New Delhi | Updated: March 24, 2018 4:30:55 PM

In yet another setback for the NDA alliance, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha pulled out of the NDA alliance, accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of betraying the trust of Gorkhas.

GJM pulls out of NDA alliance, bjp, nda, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, GJM Chief Binay Tamang, west bengalGJM Chief Binay Tamang.(File)

In yet another setback for the NDA alliance, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) pulled out of the NDA alliance, accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of betraying the trust of Gorkhas. The party organising chief LM Lama said that GJM has no ties with the BJP-led NDA. The party had supported BJP candidate Jaswant Singh in 2009 when he contested the election from Darjeeling constituency. Even though the party wasn’t satisfied with his performance, it lent support to BJP candidate SS Ahluwalia in 2014. However, the new party chief Binay Tamang has now decided to pull out of the alliance.

The party reportedly was unhappy with the recent statement of Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh that his party only had an electoral alliance with GJM.

“The claim made by the BJP, leader of NDA, that GJM is a friend and a constituent of the NDA and the slogan of PM Modi that the dream of the Gorkhas is my dream have all been exposed by the statement of the Bengal BJP president Sh. Dilip Ghosh who stated that the BJP only had an electoral alliance with GJM and that there was no agreement for a common political resolution. This statement makes it amply clear that the BJP is neither sympathetic nor sincere towards the Gorkhas,” Lama was quoted as saying by IE.

Lama further said that it was well-known fact that the GJM gave away the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat to BJP in 2009 as well as 2014 elections.“Darjeeling has been the political gateway to Bengal for BJP and this has been possible only because of GJM. For so many years the people had hoped that our issues would be addressed and resolved. However, BJP has only betrayed the people time and again. It is because of BJP that the hills of Darjeeling are today enveloped in an environment of mistrust and political disturbance,” he added.

Last year in November, the GJM suspended party chief Bimal Gurung, Secretary Roshan Giri among others for six months. Gurung had led Gorkha agitation stir in 2017 leading to a virtual shutdown in Darjeeling and other areas for a couple of months.

Lama said that even as the previous leadership of the party worked as a partner of the NDA, the new leadership has no contact with the alliance. The GJM under the leadership of Binay Tamang has nothing to do with the NDA, he added.

The development takes place days after Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP had pulled out of NDA. The TDP has also given notice for a no-confidence motion against the Modi government in the Lok Sabha, which could not be taken up due to an unending uproar in the Lower House.

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