Quite plenty of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) banners with the picture of GJM supremo Bimal Gurung had been on Saturday removed from a party office in West Bengal’s Kalimpong district in the midst of the celebration of the party’s 11th foundation day, sources acknowledged.
According to sources close to GJM, a chunk of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha activists in Kalimpong district’s Damber Chowk party office, removed the entire party banners and placards with Gurung’s picture on it, ahead of the celebrations.
The celebrations all through the hills had been themselves decrease fast amid confusion over the party administration, a GJM chief acknowledged.
The GJM, that that has been spearheading the revived movement of Gorkhaland throughout the northern West Bengal hills throughout the present months, goes via “heightened internal differences and confusion” as a chunk of activists stick with Gurung whereas one different faction has shifted allegiance to expelled party chief Binay Tamang, a party chief acknowledged.
“There is massive confusion among the people in the hills now as there are two groups within the party. One still supports Bimal while the other is with Binay. As a result, the foundation day programmes this year have been very brief as compared to the previous years. The celebration is not as jovial as it used to be before,” GJM chief Kalyan Dewan instructed IANS.
“It is unfortunate that there is a struggle between the two factions in the party. Everyone has the democratic right to support a party or an individual, but that has to be observed in a democratic and peaceful manner,” he acknowledged.
Both Tamang and Anit Thapa, who had been expelled by GJM chief Gurung following a dispute over the withdrawal the shutdown, had been present throughout the party’s foundation day packages of their respective localities.
About Tamang’s place throughout the party, Dewan acknowledged no person throughout the hills must get disassociated from the GJM as that can make them irrelevant throughout the hill politics.
“Though Tamang has been made the chairman of Board of Administrators in the hills by the Bengal government, he is keen to be part of the GJM claiming that his expulsion was unofficial and improper. No one wants to get disassociated from GJM here,” he acknowledged.