GJM leader urges Rajnath Singh to ensure the safety of Gurung
As the queen of hills gradually coming back to normalcy and expelled GJM leader and chairman of the board of administrators of Gorkha Territorial Administration (GJM) is steadily establishing his grip over the administration and earning hill people’s confidence, the pro Gurung leader are fearing the imminent arrest of their top ranking leaders who went underground fearing arrest.
“The Centre should ensure the safety and security of Bimal Gurung and other top leaders of GJM, so that they are not arrested by the West Bengal police,” GJM vice-president Kalyan Dewan told a news agency. Terming it a part of confidence building measures, Dewan said if GJM leaders were arrested there would be no one to carry on talk with the state government and the centre.
Meanwhile, Binay Tamang, , said the suspension of the strike on the assurance of a tripartite meeting by the Centre was nothing but a “face saver and a political gimmick” of Darjeeling BJP MP SS Ahluwalia and Gurung.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh had appealed to the GJM to withdraw the strike in the Darjeeling hills for a separate Gorkhaland state and asked the Union home secretary to convene an official-level meeting to discuss related issues. Gurung had called off the indefinite shutdown on its 104th day on 26 September in response to Singh’s appeal.
“When I had called for lifting the strike, Bimal Gurung opposed it. Actually he wanted some excuse for the strike to be lifted and he got this excuse from the tripartite meeting. The people of the hills no longer consider Gurung as their leader,” said Tamang.