Darjeeling: Facing a public outcry over the
brutal killing of Gorkha League Chief Madan Tamang, GJM
President Bimal Gurung on Tuesday claimed he had not lost the
"mandate" in the hills and threatened to retaliate if his
party workers were attacked.
"I still hold the people`s mandate and I will demonstrate
it at the rally at Kurseong tomorrow and at Darjeeling on
Sunday," Gurung told a rally near Chowkbazar, where armed
policemen were deployed following the unrest since Tamang`s
"If there is any attack on GJM workers, they will
retaliate and will not spare the attackers," he warned.
Gurung, whose convoy was blocked by a mob of Gorkha
League and GJM deserters near Ghum while going to Darjeeling
demanded that shops and markets reopen so that the common man
is not affected.
Meanwhile, Monisha Gautam, a GJM central committee member
in Kurseong, today resigned from the party, sources in the
With this, 11 top-ranking GJM leaders have quit the party
protesting the killing of Tamang.