For a decade and a half, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has moved away from the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state by breaking up Darjeeling. Last Monday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met leaders of various parties in Darjeeling. There, Bimal Gurung, leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Darjeeling, told Mamata that they wanted to work for the development of Darjeeling. It has been several years since the movement for a separate Gorkhaland state. There was no development in the mountains. This time they want the development of the mountains.
After a meeting with Mamata, Bimal Gurung said that they were moving away from the demand for a separate state for the development of Darjeeling. But they want to improve the mountain through maximum self-governance. Mamata also agreed to it. With the election of Darjeeling’s self-governing body Gorkhaland Territorial Administration or GTA in the next two-three months, various municipal and panchayat elections in Darjeeling will have to be completed, Mamata said.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha agreed to Mamata’s proposal. In a meeting with Mamata, the leaders of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha agreed to the GTA election. Incidentally, Mamata is on a five-day visit to Darjeeling. There he met leaders of Anit Thapar’s Indian Gorkha Republican Front, Ajay Edward’s Hamro Party and Bimal Gurung’s Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. Mamata also spoke to Binoy Tamang of Trinamool Congress and Harka Bahadur Chhetri of Jan Andolan Party.
Also present at the meeting with Mamata in Darjeeling on Monday were two ministers of state, Arup Biswas and Indranil Sen. However, Mamata did not call GNLF and CPRM despite holding meetings with various political parties in the hills. On the same day, Mamata also had a meeting with Ritesh Pertel, the new chairman of Darjeeling municipality.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had earlier approached the BJP demanding a separate state. Now their relationship with the BJP is cool. “The BJP has misled us,” said Roshan Giri, secretary of the Jan Mukti Morcha. Showed the wrong way. We have no relationship with BJP now.
State BJP president Sukant Majumder said the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and Bimal Gurung have now become part of Mamata Banerjee’s party. They have lost most of the hill seats in the Assembly polls.
Darjeeling is a hill district in West Bengal. This small district is dependent on tourism and tea industry. Most of the people here speak Nepali. In 2008, Bimal Gurung, a leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, became a councilor of the GNLF and left the party after a dispute with party chief Subhash Ghising. Later, Madan Tamang, a councilor of Janmukti Morcha, revolted against party chief Bimal Gurung and re-formed a new party in Darjeeling.
Subhash Ghising, the leader of the GNLF or Gorkha National Liberation Front, started the first movement in Darjeeling in 1960 demanding a separate Gorkhaland state. Later, on 22 August 1968, the state government, GNLF and the central government formed a separate self-governing body, the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council. Subhash Ghising was made its chairman. Subhash Ghisingh later became the chairman of this council. Among others, Bimal Gurung also became a councilor. At one point, when Bimal Gurung had a disagreement with Subhash Ghising, Bimal Gurung rebelled. Then on October 7, 2006 Bimal Gurung formed the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. Darjeeling was disturbed by the People’s Liberation Front’s movement for a separate Gorkhaland state. Subhash Ghisingh was expelled from Darjeeling. He went and took shelter in Jalpaiguri. After that he did not find a place in Darjeeling. He also died in Jalpaiguri.
After the departure of Subhash Ghisingh, Chief Minister Mamata came forward to stop Bimal Gurung’s movement. Mamata promised to bring peace back to Darjeeling. The GTA or Gorkhaland Territorial Administration was formed on 18 July 2011 in the style of Mamata. Bimal Gurung became the chairman of this GTA. Binoy Tamang became the councilor. At one stage, Binoy Tamang, the leader of Janmukti Morcha, revolted against Bimal Gurung. Leave Bimal Gurung’s relationship. Bimal grabbed Gurung’s office and took down his picture. The new flag of the flying team. This is really a repetition of history. And in this work Mamata came and stood beside Binoy Tamang. He was made the chairman of GTA. Bimal Gurung’s name started to be erased.
Meanwhile, Bimal Gurung, president of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, lifted the ban on September 26, 2016, after a 108-day strike demanding a separate Gorkhaland state. That time Bimal Gurung withdrew from the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.