The three MLAs of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha, which is demanding separate Gorkhaland state in Darjeeling hills, have decided to sit in the Opposition bench in West Bengal Assembly, party sources said on Sunday.
Alleging that TMC government in West Bengal was conspiring to kill him after he announced support to BJP in Lok Sabha elections in Darjeeling, GJM chief Bimal Gurung Monday said he was "ready to die" for Gorkhaland.
Neither Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee nor Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung will contest the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, but it will be a battle royale between the two in the hills torn by the statehood demand.
Three Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists, including central committee member Bimal Dorjee, were arrested from West Bengal`s Darjeeling district in pursuance of pending warrants against them, police said Friday.
In a shot in the arm for BJP, two senior leaders of the Asom Gana Parishad on Monday joined the party and the GJM pledged support to BJP candidates in West Bengal, including the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) which has announced that it would not support the Trinamool Congress candidate for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat on Saturday said it would talk to all national parties before deciding its stand.
Ace footballer and Trinamool Congress candidate for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, Baichung Bhutia on Friday expressed hope about getting support of the Hills party Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in the elections.
With both the Houses of Parliament passing the Telengana bill, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Saturday announced that it will hold rallies in three sub-divisions of Darjeeling district tomorrow as part of its agitation to demand a separate state of Gorkhaland.
With passage of the Telangana Bill in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the GJM demanding Gorkhaland, today urged the Centre take an unilateral decision to create a separate state, despite objection from West Bengal.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Sunday said it would focus on the development agenda and seek amendments to the GTA Act for proper functioning of the autonomous hill body during the talks and that Gorkhaland was not on their agenda "right now".
GJM Chief Bimal Gurung met Pranab Mukherjee here and urged him to arrange for the release of over 150 party leaders and workers who were taken into custody during the recent agitation in the hills for separate Gorkhaland.
GJM on Sunday said the demand for separate Gorkhaland would not be dropped though it has been decided to carry forward the movement through dialogue and not bandhs after a truce with West Bengal government.