With the credibility of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) vis-a-vis its threat of final battle for Gorkhaland being questionable, its disillusioned supporters in Terai and Dooars want the leaders to pass the litmus test before they join their bandwagon.
The GJM’s movement for separate state of Gorkhaland that concluded with the signing of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) Accord gained momentum only after it spread in Terai of Darjeeling district and the Dooars in Jalpaiguri district.
Five people including four GJM supporters died during the movement in the Dooars — three of them in police firing and two in political clash between the pro and anti Gorkhaland supporters.
Houses of supporters in Terai and Dooars were ransacked, set on fire.
However, the GJM's acceptance of the recommendations of the Justice (retd) Shyamal Sen Committee to add only five of the 398 mouzas of Terai and the Dooars as demanded by the GJM in the GTA came crushing for the party supporters in Terai and the Dooars.
Though the GJM is insisting that the party would not exclude Terai and the Dooars in its second round of movement, its supporters in the region are skeptical.