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GJM chalks strategy for Uttarakhand elections

kolkata Updated: Oct 21, 2011 02:22 IST
Amitava Banerjee

The four member Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) team led by President Bimal Gurung, camping in Delhi since October 17, returned back to the hills on Thursday.

"We had three separate meetings in Delhi, one with Member of Parliament Jaswant Singh, one with the GJM Delhi unit and another with the GJM Dehradun unit. The Delhi visit was purely organizational in nature" claimed GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri.

"We met the GJM unit of Uttarakhand. The State will be holding Assembly elections in 2012. We asked our Uttarakhand unit to conduct a ground survey based on which we will chalk out our strategy for Uttarakhand elections. There is a sizeable Gorkha population residing in Uttarakhand" remarked Harka Bahadur Chettri, GJM Spokesperson.

Based on the report by the GJM Uttarakhand unit, the GJM will decide whether to go at it alone, support a political party or forge a seat sharing alliance. "Our next meeting will be held as soon as the GJM Uttarakhand unit is ready with the report" added Chettri.

Though GJM is an ally of the BJP, having supported the BJP candidate Jaswant Singh and ensure his victory from Darjeeling constituency in 2009. GJM lately has taken an inclination towards the Congress, extending unconditional support to the Congress and Trinamool Congress candidates in the plains during the West Bengal Assembly elections in April-May 2011.