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Gurung said Banerjee has assured him that she will find a permanent political solution to the Gorkhaland issue.(PTI file photo)

Will ensure TMC wins 18 seats in North Bengal: Bimal Gurung

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 07:14 AM IST
Gurung went into hiding in 2017 after being charged under anti-terror law by the Mamata Banerjee government for the violent Gorkhaland movement. He appeared before the media in Kolkata in October and announced that he was shifting his allegiance to Banerjee.
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Bimal Gurung, leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) addresses supporters during a rally in Siliguri earlier in December.(AFP PHOTO.)
Bimal Gurung, leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) addresses supporters during a rally in Siliguri earlier in December.(AFP PHOTO.)

Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung, TMC’s new ally, holds first rally in Darjeeling

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 09:40 PM IST
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat thrice since 2009 with support from the GJM and other parties demanding creation of a separate state since it promised to find a permanent political solution to the hill issue and accord scheduled tribe status to 11 Gorkha communities.
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BJP has won the Darjeeling LS seat since 2009; it was looking for a new ally after GJM switched allegiance to TMC.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
BJP has won the Darjeeling LS seat since 2009; it was looking for a new ally after GJM switched allegiance to TMC.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

BJP, GNLF join hands for Bengal polls

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri, Siliguri
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 01:28 AM IST
The BJP, which has won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat since 2009, was looking for a new ally after Bimal Gurung of the Gorkha Janmukti Morhca (GJM) switched his allegiance to chief minister Mamata Banerjee in October.
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Gurung was charged by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government under numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for violence during the 2017 Gorkhaland agitation.(AFP Photo)
Gurung was charged by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government under numerous sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for violence during the 2017 Gorkhaland agitation.(AFP Photo)

Failed to keep word: Bimal Gurung targets BJP

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 04:58 AM IST
“The Gorkhas will never forgive Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had once said that the dream of the Gorkhas was his dream,” Gurung said at a rally in Siliguri in Darjeeling district and asked his followers to defeat the BJP in the coming polls.
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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung is scheduled to address rally in Siliguri on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung is scheduled to address rally in Siliguri on Sunday.(HT PHOTO)

Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung to address mega rally in Siliguri on Sunday

By Pamod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 11:01 PM IST
The rally has been planned to mark Bimal Gurung’s return to Bengal’s Darjeeling district after three and a half years.
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File photo: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung.(Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)
File photo: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung.(Samir Jana/ Hindustan Times)

Bimal Gurung’s faction GJM targets ex-ally BJP in first hill rally in Bengal

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:18 PM IST
Gurung surfaced in Kolkata on October 21 and offered an olive branch to Mamata Banerjee. He plans to address a rally in Siliguri on December 6.
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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung surfaced last month after remaining underground for three and a half years.(HT PHOTO)
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung surfaced last month after remaining underground for three and a half years.(HT PHOTO)

Bimal Gurung to address supporters in Siliguri but Darjeeling visit uncertain

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan times, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:08 PM IST
Bimal Gurung who had allied with the BJP previously has junked the saffron party saying it was not sincere in fulfilling its promises to find a permanent political solution to the Gorkha issue.
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West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar during an interaction with media personnel in Kolkata.(PTI FILE)
West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar during an interaction with media personnel in Kolkata.(PTI FILE)

Bengal governor targets Trinamool govt over Darjeeling’s fugitive leader

UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 04:37 PM IST
He singled out the Banerjee-led administration for meeting Bimal Gurung, whom he obliquely referred to as a criminal. However, he stopped short of naming the GJM founder
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Bimal Gurung says his faction will decide on alliance for 2024 Lok Sabha polls after assessing which party is supporting their cause.(AFP Photo/File)
Bimal Gurung says his faction will decide on alliance for 2024 Lok Sabha polls after assessing which party is supporting their cause.(AFP Photo/File)

Gurung’s re-emergence, alliance with TMC raises questions unanswered

By Tanmay Chatterjee and Pramod Giri | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Siliguri
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 07:51 AM IST
Political parties in Bengal seem to be assessing how Gurung’s return from exile will play out before the assembly election in 2021.
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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) founder Bimal Gurung during a press conference at a hotel in Kolkata on Wednesday.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) founder Bimal Gurung during a press conference at a hotel in Kolkata on Wednesday.(Samir Jana/HT PHOTO)

Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung surfaces after 3 years, dumps BJP, allies with TMC

By Tanmay Chatterjee | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 10:12 PM IST
The Kolkata Police did not try to arrest Bimal Gurung who is wanted under anti-terror law for the violence that rocked the Darjeeling hills in 2017, indicating the TMC leadership has taken a soft stand in the run-up to the assembly polls.
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The BJP has all along promised to find a permanent political solution to the demand for a Gorkhaland, which has been raised by the Nepali-speaking Gorkhas living in the Darjeeling hills and adjoining Siliguri, the Terai and the Dooars region in north Bengal.(AFP File)
The BJP has all along promised to find a permanent political solution to the demand for a Gorkhaland, which has been raised by the Nepali-speaking Gorkhas living in the Darjeeling hills and adjoining Siliguri, the Terai and the Dooars region in north Bengal.(AFP File)

MHA to hold meeting on Gorkhaland Territorial Administration issue today

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Joydeep Sen Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 01:35 PM IST
The meeting will be attended by Darjeeling’s district magistrate S Ponnambalam, principal secretary of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration and the president of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha’s Bimal Gurung faction
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Bimal Gurung, who had founded the GJM and clamped a 104-day shutdown in the Darjeeling hills in 2017 in demand for a separate state, is on the run ever since he was charged by the state under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.(HT Archive)
Bimal Gurung, who had founded the GJM and clamped a 104-day shutdown in the Darjeeling hills in 2017 in demand for a separate state, is on the run ever since he was charged by the state under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967.(HT Archive)

Darjeeling parties surprised as Centre changes Delhi meet’s agenda from Gorkhaland to GTA

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON OCT 06, 2020 09:04 AM IST
Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) is the local autonomous body in the Darjeeling hills, which is headed by the Binoy Tamang-led faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha that supports the Trinamool Congress
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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) founder Bimal Gurung who went underground more than two years ago after Bengal Police booked him for violence during the agitation for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling in 2017, reportedly attended the wedding of BJP chief J P Nadda last month.(HT File Photo)
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) founder Bimal Gurung who went underground more than two years ago after Bengal Police booked him for violence during the agitation for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling in 2017, reportedly attended the wedding of BJP chief J P Nadda last month.(HT File Photo)

BJP backs Bengal’s bifurcation, says TMC after fugitive Gorkha leaders’ photo with J P Nadda goes viral

By Pramod Giri | Hidustan Times, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON MAR 09, 2020 09:07 AM IST
TMC alleged that the BJP was sheltering those wanted by the police for leading a violent statehood movement seeking to carve a separate state of Gorkhaland out of West Bengal.
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In 2017 Darjeeling and the north Bengal hills went through a 104-day shutdown demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
In 2017 Darjeeling and the north Bengal hills went through a 104-day shutdown demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland.(AFP FILE PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP promises solution for Gorkha issue in Bengal, but skirts Gorkhaland

UPDATED ON APR 09, 2019 10:27 AM IST
The Nepalese community in the north Bengal hills has been demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland but the BJP manifesto did not mention it.
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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung.(AFP file photo)
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung.(AFP file photo)

Absconding Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung gives Darjeeling a miss

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 05:16 PM IST
A large number of people gathered at the Bagdogra airport near Siliguri in north Bengal where Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Bimal Gurung and his associates are supposed to land on Thursday after spending about a year and a half in hiding.
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Paramilitary forces stand guard along a road during a strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha for separate state Gorkhaland in Kalimpong on September 3, 2017.(AFP File Photo)
Paramilitary forces stand guard along a road during a strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha for separate state Gorkhaland in Kalimpong on September 3, 2017.(AFP File Photo)

Meeting on Darjeeling crisis in Sept, says S S Ahluwalia; Oppn brands it poll gimmick

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON AUG 23, 2018 04:39 PM IST
The Darjeeling MP’s statement comes 11 months after the agitation in the north Bengal hills pressing for a separate state of Gorkhaland gradually subsided after a 104-day shutdown.
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Fugitive Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung has accused West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government of “secretly identifying” land in Darjeeling to accommodate people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.(PTI File Photo)
Fugitive Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung has accused West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government of “secretly identifying” land in Darjeeling to accommodate people excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.(PTI File Photo)

Bengal govt secretly identifying land in Darjeeling to house those excluded from Assam’s NRC, alleges GJM leader Bimal Gurung

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2018 07:20 AM IST
Gurung’s statement is being seen as an attempt to seek relevance as TMC seeks to wrest the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat from the BJP, which won in 2014 because of GJM’s support.
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A three-storeyed house at Patlaybas belonging to Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung and his wife, Asha, were attached on Wednesday.(AFP File)
A three-storeyed house at Patlaybas belonging to Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha leader Bimal Gurung and his wife, Asha, were attached on Wednesday.(AFP File)

Properties of fugitive Gorkha leaders Bimal Gurung, five others attached to cases

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 03:31 PM IST
The GJM leader and his wife were among six people declared proclaimed offenders by a Darjeeling court on March 29, four months after they failed to appear before it in November 2017.
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About four months ago some persons of Darjeeling brought it to the notice of the administration, said district magistrate Joyoshi Dasgupta.(HT Photo)
About four months ago some persons of Darjeeling brought it to the notice of the administration, said district magistrate Joyoshi Dasgupta.(HT Photo)

Gurung’s daughter used Nepal resident’s results for admission to class 11, alleges Darjeeling DM

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
PUBLISHED ON JUN 27, 2018 12:54 PM IST
The district magistrate has written to the education department recommending action against two schools too.
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BJP MP from Darjeeling SS Ahluwalia has alleged that the West Bengal government is settling Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in the north Bengal hills.(AFP File Photo/For Representation)
BJP MP from Darjeeling SS Ahluwalia has alleged that the West Bengal government is settling Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in the north Bengal hills.(AFP File Photo/For Representation)

Mamata govt settling Rohingyas in Darjeeling hills, alleges BJP minister

By Pramod Giri | Hindustan Times, Siliguri
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2018 03:54 PM IST
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi dated May 3, SS Ahluwalia claimed that more than 320 families have been settled in places such as Deolo, Lava forest, Melli and Rangpo.
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