The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) is in churn and at the centre of the entire row is 53-year-old Binay Tamang who currently spends most of his time inside closed doors in Darjeeling under the supervision of the police.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) is in churn and at the centre of the entire row is 53-year-old Binay Tamang who currently spends most of his time inside closed doors in Darjeeling under the supervision of the police. He is number three in GJM hierarchy and an assistant of party chief Bimal Gurung. They are warring at the moment even as their agitation has ensured the hills are more or less totally cut off. The fallout between two key persons of the Gorkha movement has come as a shock to people. It all started when Tamang announced the withdrawal of the indefinite strike called by GJM from September 1-September 12. The decision followed a meeting with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, following which Tamang was removed as assistant general secretary of GJM by Gurung – his expulsion from the party too was ordered. Following Tamang’s announcement and expulsion, the GJM followers have been chanting slogans against him calling him ‘gaddar’ (traitor). Nevertheless, Binay Tamang’s exit, he is one of the founding members of GJM, is surely going to be a big blow to the party in many ways; here’s why:
After the agitation started in the hills following the killing of GJM workers in police firing, Tamang stood beside Bimal Gurung like a rock and called for an indefinite strike. According to a senior leader, he organised rallies and dharnas across the Hills.
Tamang was Gurung’s trouble shooter who travelled from Hills to Dooars and Terai regions trying to solve intra-party feuds and misunderstandings.
Tamang has emerged as one of Gurung’s crucial aides. In October 2007, Gurung floated the GJM, and Tamang was one of its founding members along with Thapa. “Then we started a fresh agitation for Gorkhaland,” Indian Express quoted Tamang saying. He was even jailed for six months.
Speaking to the Express, Tamang who is a father of two said, “Once I not only solved GJM problems but Bimal Gurung also called me to discuss his family problems. Those days are over. It is sad that after doing so much for the party, a section of the leaders conspired against me and drove a wedge between me and Gurung. But people are with me and I will continue my struggle.”