Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung withdraws support from NDA, to support Mamata in Bengal polls

Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung withdraws support from NDA, to support Mamata in Bengal polls

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Kolkata: Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) supremo Bimal Gurung, on the run following violent clashes over the demand for a separate state for Gorkhas, today surfaced unexpectedly and announced that he will be supporting Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee in next year's Assembly elections.

Addressing a press conference in Kolkata, Gurung said, "We supported the BJP for 12 years but nothing happened to our demand despite their assurances of fulfilling our promise. Today I would like to announce that I am going to support Mamata Banerjee in the upcoming 2021 Assembly polls. I am not supporting the NDA anymore.”

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Bimal Gurung, a leader of the statehood movement of the Gorkha community on Wednesdsay surfaced after a long time and proclaimed that he is "not a criminal" or an "anti-national".

Gurung, the chief of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha -- the organisation spearheading the Gorkhaland movement -- Bimal Gurung had gone underground in September 2017 after a policeman was killed in a clash with his supporters. He was the prime accused in the violent clashes that broke out over the demand for a separate state Gorkhaland around 3 years back.

West Bengal police had been on the lookout for the Gorkha leader and it was believed that he might have been hiding in neighbouring Nepal.

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Edited By: Admin
Published On: Oct 22, 2020