Through much of 2017, the picturesque Darjeeling Hills – once a dreamy tourist gateway – simmered with violence over the revived demand for a separate Gorkhaland state.
Gorkhaland agitation: Amid Mamata Banerjee and Bimal Gurung's political battle, Darjeeling gears up for tourism, business festival
The wintry air is crisp in the Hills of West Bengal’s Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts but the haze of uncertainty is yet to clear from the political landscape. And it is in such surroundings that the local ruling dispensation, prodded on by the West Bengal government that has set it up, is taking recourse to staging a tourism festival as well as a first-time business meet there, both of which will not only be showcasing the region’s potentials as a destination for holiday-makers and investors alike but also, perhaps more critically, its claims of success in restoring normality after months of political turmoil sparked by a 104-day-long lock down to press for a separate “Gorkhaland” state.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung on Tuesday alleged in the Supreme Court that the West Bengal government was trying to "effectively end" the movement for a separate Gorkhaland by implicating its members in false cases.
Bimal Gurung on Thursday claimed in the Supreme Court that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was trying to break his party to finish the movement for separate statehood
CBI told the Supreme Court that they were vetting the files in order to challenge the lower court's order discharging GJM leader Bimal Gurung in the Madan Tamang murder case
Gorkhaland agitation: SC allows Centre to withdraw forces from Darjeeling for deployment in poll-bound Gujarat
SC permitted the Centre to withdraw four of the eight companies of CAPF from strife-torn Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal.
Bimal Gurung claims persecution by West Bengal govt, seeks CBI probe into killings of Gorkhaland activists
Gurung's counsel alleged that Mamata Banerjee was opposed to him and sought a CBI probe in the killings of several Gorkhaland activists during the recent agitation for a separate state
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached north Bengal on Monday where she is scheduled to hold an all-party meeting on 21 November to discuss the situation in Darjeeling hills
The hills of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in West Bengal might have got back to the “normal” rhythm of life.
Sikkim chief minister Pawan Chamling has alleged that the opposition parties were pursuing a "hidden" agenda for merger of Sikkim and Darjeeling hills.
While the BJP has made no bones about its support for GJM president Bimal Gurung, Trinamool Congress has supported Binay Tamang's political ascendancy.
Supreme Court allows Centre to pull troops from Darjeeling, Kalimpong for election duties in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh
The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the Centre to withdraw seven of the 15 companies of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces (CAPF) from strife-torn Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal for being used for election duties in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.
Gorkhaland agitation: West Bengal CID arrests GJM Delhi chief for rioting, creating enmity between two groups
West Bengal CID have arrested Gorkha Janamukti Morcha's Delhi unit president Manoj Shankar from the national capital for rioting during Gorkhaland agitation
The Gorkhaland stir seems to be on back-burner in Darjeeling with attention diverted to the tussle for stewardship between Bimal Gurung and Binay Tamang.
Gorkhaland agitation: SC to hear Centre's plea on withdrawal of forces from Darjeeling, Kalimpong on 27 October
The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear the Centre's plea challenging the Calcutta High Court order on withdrawal of security forces from Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal.
Amid a tussle with the West Bengal government over the deployment of forces in Darjeeling, the Union Home Ministry has told state governments that paramilitary forces cannot substitute state police and should be deployed only in emergencies.
Amid a tussle with the West Bengal government over the deployment of forces in Darjeeling, the Union home ministry has told state governments that paramilitary forces cannot substitute state police and should be deployed only in emergencies.
Gorkhaland agitation: Mamata Banerjee hits out at Centre over troop withdrawal from Darjeeling hills
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Rajnath Singh not to pull security forces out of the Darjeeling hills and accused the Centre of "conspiring to destabilise" the state
Deploring violence in the agitation for a separate state in the Darjeeling hills, Gorkha leader Binay Tamang on Monday said the people would launch a movement for Gorkhaland in a "democratic manner"
The home ministry has ordered withdrawal of as many as 1,000 paramilitary personnel, including 300 women, deployed in Darjeeling to maintain law and order during the agitation for a separate Gorkhaland state