Gurung blinks, to send team for crucial Sept 12 meeting
Darjeeling: GJM leader Bimal Gurung now wants to send his party members to attend talks with the State Government at Uttarkanya on September 12. Speaking to mediapersons on phone from a hideout, he said, "We will send a GJM team to attend talks to find out the State Government's stand on Gorkhaland. Following this, we will have a Central Committee meeting to decide on our future course of action. We also want the state government to invite the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee."
Incidentally, the West Bengal police allegedly entered Sikkim territory at Namchi and nabbed GJM leaders who had gathered at a resort in Namchi to hold a Central Committee meeting on Friday. Gurung, however, managed to give the police a slip and escaped. The West Bengal police have issued Look-out notices in the names of Gurung, GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri and Youth leader Prakash Gurung.
Political observers feel that with the GJM having split and the police hounding Gurung, a cornered GJM President does not have many options left open. Gurung, who was against sitting at a meeting with the State and had alleged that Binay Tamang had connived with the State Government on attending the September 12 talks, is now himself ready to send a delegation.
Jyoti Rai, Central Committee member also claimed that the GJM Central Committee meeting had taken place on Friday and had expelled both Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa from the GJM (all posts and primary membership of the party) for announcing the lifting of the bandh, defying party instructions.