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Gorkhaland agitation: GJM chief Bimal Gurung alleges conspiracy by other Hill leaders as strike enters 75th day

Darjeeling: Amid reports of cracks in the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), the chief of the outfit, Bimal Gurung, has alleged a conspiracy by some hill leaders against him.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung. PTI

GJM chief Bimal Gurung. PTI

In an audio message late Sunday night, Gurung warned these leaders that if they discussed any other issue other than 'Gorkhaland' with the West Bengal government, they would not be allowed to return to the hills.

His statement comes in the backdrop of Tuesday's talks between all the major hill parties, including the GJM, and the state government at the state secretariat in Kolkata.

The meeting has been convened by the Mamata Banerjee-led government, in response to a letter from the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), requesting a dialogue to restore normalcy in the Darjeeling hills, where an indefinite strike called by the GJM, demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland, entered its 75th day on Monday.

In his message, Gurung said, "There is a conspiracy by some hill leaders who are hand in glove with the state government. They are trying to frame me and are passing information to the police.

"Some leaders have written letters to the state government without my permission. In the next 10-12 days, I will make their names public. The people of the hills will never forgive these traitors."

The letter, written by GJM leader Binay Tamang to Chief Minister Banerjee, said, "No other alternative or modified step will do justice to our plight...other than creation of a separate Gorkhaland."

Tamang's missive was preceded by a letter written by Gurung to the state government last week, requesting a political dialogue on the demand for Gorkhaland.

Updated Date: Aug 28, 2017 13:19 PM

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