Left with no alternative, GNLF supremo, Subash Ghising has sought to revive the demand for a separate statehood in a bid to prevent its rival Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) from hijacking the Gorkhaland movement.
A GNLF spokesperson on condition of anonymity told PTI on Sunday that Ghising, now in Delhi, asked the GNLF rank and file to get prepared for movement for a separate statehood -- Gorkhaland.
But GNLF supporters wanted Ghising to return to Darjeeling first and decide the strategy for the movement, the spokesman said.
Ghising, caretaker-administrator of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC), has been prevented from returning to Darjeeling by the GJM and remained holed up in Siliguri since February 19 before leaving for Kolkata on February 22.
Meanwhile, the GJM general secretary, Roshan Giri told PTI over phone, that people had rejected Ghising outright and "a tiger turned into a cat" was not in a position to organise a movement afresh.
When asked about Ghising's fresh call for Gorkhaland, Giri said, "We will not allow any 'corrupt person' (Ghising) to join the movement."
He said the party leadership would hold a central committee meeting shortly to decide the GJM strategy for the "ultimate" goal, Gorkhaland.