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Bimal Gurung, head of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), speaks at a news conference, 2017(AFP)

The political twist in the Darjeeling hills

PUBLISHED ON OCT 23, 2020 07:59 AM IST
The loss of GJM as an ally will hurt the BJP in the hills in next year’s polls.
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

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Tanmay Chatterjee
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.
A tripartite meeting was called by the Union home ministry (MHA), with GJM and the West Bengal government, to discuss issues related to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).(File photo for representation)
A tripartite meeting was called by the Union home ministry (MHA), with GJM and the West Bengal government, to discuss issues related to the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).(File photo for representation)

GJM reiterates Gorkhaland demand

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 08:01 AM IST
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Wednesday reiterated its demand for a separate Gorkhaland state comprising Darjeeling and its adjoining areas in a meeting with the minister of state for home affairs G Kishan Reddy and Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla.
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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Joydeep Sen Gupta
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
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

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
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
The meeting has been convened by G Kishan Reddy, Union minister of state for home affairs at the ministry’s North Block office. The state home secretary and district magistrate of Darjeeling have been asked to attend it.(HT PHOTO.)
The meeting has been convened by G Kishan Reddy, Union minister of state for home affairs at the ministry’s North Block office. The state home secretary and district magistrate of Darjeeling have been asked to attend it.(HT PHOTO.)

Centre calls meeting on Gorkhaland at short notice; election move, says TMC

Hindustan Times, Kolkata/Siliguri | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 09:07 PM IST
The development has irked the TMC government and the Binoy Tamang faction of the GJM, whose leaders have been put in charge of the GTA by the state.
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

Hidustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
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.
Darjeeling’s BJP MP Raju Bista at his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.(https://twitter.com/RajuBistaBJP)
Darjeeling’s BJP MP Raju Bista at his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.(https://twitter.com/RajuBistaBJP)

BJP’s Darjeeling MP meets PM Modi seeking ‘permanent political solution’

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2019 11:34 PM IST
‘Permanent political solution’ for the Darjeeling hills was the BJP’s electoral promise to the people of the North Bengal hills where the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state has often turned violent.
Many former army officers and bureaucrats from the Gorkha community are members of NGC.(NGC Facebook Photo)
Many former army officers and bureaucrats from the Gorkha community are members of NGC.(NGC Facebook Photo)

National Gorkha body demands UT status for Darjeeling hills; gets BJP lawmaker’s support

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2019 10:09 AM IST
Many pro-Gorkhaland political parties, including the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal Gurung faction), Gorkha National Liberation Front, All India Gorkha League and Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists were present.
Darjeeling’s Lok Sabah MP Raju Bista’s election campaign as supported by two pro-Gorkhaland parties, Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).(Twitter)
Darjeeling’s Lok Sabah MP Raju Bista’s election campaign as supported by two pro-Gorkhaland parties, Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).(Twitter)

‘GTA is a hurdle’, says Darjeeling MP but doesn’t mention Gorkhaland demand

Hindustan Times, SIliguri | By Pramod Giri
PUBLISHED ON AUG 13, 2019 05:12 PM IST
Raju Bista said the BJP was committed to finding a permanent solution to the crisis in the Darjeeling Hills where Gorkhas have been demanding a separate state called Gorkhaland.
The 11 families from the Darjeeling hills whose family members had been killed by the West Bengal police during the 2017 anti-language imperialism and Gorkhaland agitation, will be attending the inauguration of the new government.(AFP PHOTO)
The 11 families from the Darjeeling hills whose family members had been killed by the West Bengal police during the 2017 anti-language imperialism and Gorkhaland agitation, will be attending the inauguration of the new government.(AFP PHOTO)

Kin of 11 people killed in Gorkhaland agitation invited to PM’s swearing-in

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2019 05:19 PM IST
On Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee cancelled her plans to attend the programme in Delhi on Thursday evening after invitations were sent to family members of 54 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers killed in Bengal over the past few years.
Gorkhaland envisages a separate state for Gorkhas in the hills of North Bengal and some parts of the foothills as well. For the Gorkhas, it is an aspiration but the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, as well as other parties from the plains are completely opposed to it. (Image used for representational purpose).(AFP PHOTO)
Gorkhaland envisages a separate state for Gorkhas in the hills of North Bengal and some parts of the foothills as well. For the Gorkhas, it is an aspiration but the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee, as well as other parties from the plains are completely opposed to it. (Image used for representational purpose).(AFP PHOTO)

Ahead of Darjeeling Assembly bypoll, BJP plays Gorkhaland card

Hindustan Times, Darjeeling | By Pramod Giri
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 06:52 PM IST
Polling for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency ended on April 18, but a by-poll for the assembly constituency (by the same name) will be held on May 19.
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.
A member of the Waste Warriors team, Dharamsala, June 11, 2018(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
A member of the Waste Warriors team, Dharamsala, June 11, 2018(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Can a green tax save India’s Himalayan towns?

Hindustan Times | By KumKum Dasgupta
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2018 03:01 PM IST
A cess on tourists will not save them and their fragile ecosystem unless such steps are backed by strong regulation and implementation of existing laws
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

Hindustan Times, Siliguri | By Pramod Giri
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.
While politicians are continuing with the blamegame over who is responsible for the violence, the situation poses a challenge to students appearing for the Class 12 state board exams.(PTI)
While politicians are continuing with the blamegame over who is responsible for the violence, the situation poses a challenge to students appearing for the Class 12 state board exams.(PTI)

Lessons from Darjeeling come handy in quelling Asansol unrest during Ram Navami celebrations

Hindustan Times, West Midnapore | By Koushik Dutta
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2018 03:25 PM IST
Three IPS officers, including two who controlled pro-Gorkhaland agitation, rushed to Asansol and Raniganj where communal clashes flared up after Ram Navami processions on March 25. Local cable operators have been asked to stop telecast, internet services suspended and Section 144 imposed.
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