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Dilip Ghosh claims BJP not in favour of separate 'Gorkhaland', says party wants permanent political solution in Darjeeling hills
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Dilip Ghosh claims BJP not in favour of separate 'Gorkhaland', says party wants permanent political solution in Darjeeling hills

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said his party is not in favour of a Gorkhaland state and wants a permanent political solution in Darjeeling hills.

Gorkhaland issue: Stakes high for BJP as political restructuring in Darjeeling hills puts onus on Centre to treat decades-old sore
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Gorkhaland issue: Stakes high for BJP as political restructuring in Darjeeling hills puts onus on Centre to treat decades-old sore

With the BJP having been given a clear mandate in the Darjeeling hills, the stakes for it in the region most certainly are now a notch higher, to say the least, considering that the party leads a government serving a second term at the Centre

Tough contest on cards for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat as BJP faces Gorkha community's ire, TMC hopes to cash in
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Tough contest on cards for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat as BJP faces Gorkha community's ire, TMC hopes to cash in

The Trinamool Congress has never won the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, but hopes to cash in this time around on the altered political narrative.

Mamata Banerjee pulls out all stops to ensure BJP loses Darjeeling seat: Binay Tamang's alliance admission puts wings in TMC chief's sails
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Mamata Banerjee pulls out all stops to ensure BJP loses Darjeeling seat: Binay Tamang's alliance admission puts wings in TMC chief's sails

Having thundered at a "United India" rally she had organised of 23 Opposition parties in Kolkata, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has pulled out all stops to ensure that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is defeated in the Darjeeling Lok Sabha, which with its own distinctive political dynamics, has become a fight for prestige for her.

With singing competition 'Darjeeling Rising Stars', police hopes to regain residents' faith after Gorkha stir last year
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With singing competition 'Darjeeling Rising Stars', police hopes to regain residents' faith after Gorkha stir last year

The local police organised 'Darjeeling Rising Stars' as part of a venture to rebuild people's confidence in the force after the Gorkhaland protests last year.

Bimal Gurung denies seeking meet with Mamata, intention to surrender in audio clip as Binay Tamang makes development pitch
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Bimal Gurung denies seeking meet with Mamata, intention to surrender in audio clip as Binay Tamang makes development pitch

Political discourse in West Bengal’s Darjeeling and Kalimpong has suddenly turned febrile with an audio clip of fugitive Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung emanating from an undisclosed location.

SC order dismissing GJM leader Bimal Gurung's plea seeking protection from arrest could alter political calculus in hills
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SC order dismissing GJM leader Bimal Gurung's plea seeking protection from arrest could alter political calculus in hills

The Supreme Court has dismissed GJM leader Bimal Gurung’s petitions seeking protection from arrest. The ruling could alter the local political calculus.

Sikkim fomenting unrest in Darjeeling for its benefit, claims Mamata Banerjee; vows to arrange 'industrial meet' in Hills
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Sikkim fomenting unrest in Darjeeling for its benefit, claims Mamata Banerjee; vows to arrange 'industrial meet' in Hills

In what could reopen old wounds over the political situation in the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused Sikkim of trying to foment trouble in the region.

Sikkim fuelling unrest in Darjeeling hills for its own benefit, says Mamata Banerjee
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Sikkim fuelling unrest in Darjeeling hills for its own benefit, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee accused the neighbouring state of Sikkim of deliberately fueling unrest in the north Bengal hills.

Mamata Banerjee sidesteps demand for separate Gorkhaland, hints at revised arrangement for region
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Mamata Banerjee sidesteps demand for separate Gorkhaland, hints at revised arrangement for region

Obliquely rejecting, yet again, the demand for a separate 'Gorkhaland', West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee hinted on Tuesday of the possibility of a new administrative arrangement for the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

Mamata Banerjee visits Darjeeling after seven-month gap, says peace prevailing in Hills now
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Mamata Banerjee visits Darjeeling after seven-month gap, says peace prevailing in Hills now

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee visited the Darjeeling hills on Tuesday after a gap of seven months and assured the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA) of all cooperation for the welfare of the people.

West Bengal CID arrests GJM activist for allegedly attacking police during last year's Gorkhaland stir
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West Bengal CID arrests GJM activist for allegedly attacking police during last year's Gorkhaland stir

The West Bengal CID on Wednesday arrested a GJM activist for his alleged involvement in an attack on the police during a procession.

Bimal Gurung's 'olive branch' fails to cut ice with Mamata Banerjee govt; deadlock likely to continue
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Bimal Gurung's 'olive branch' fails to cut ice with Mamata Banerjee govt; deadlock likely to continue

The West Bengal government's response to an olive branch extended by GJM leader Bimal Gurung has been somewhat laconic and dismissive.

Mamata Banerjee skips Darjeeling hills visit twice in fortnight; for her, discretion is better part of valour
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Mamata Banerjee skips Darjeeling hills visit twice in fortnight; for her, discretion is better part of valour

Mamata Banerjee chose not to visit the hills of Darjeeling, Kalimpong for the second time after skipping a tourism festival within the past fortnight.

Year in review: Darjeeling in 2017 simmered with violence over demand for separate Gorkhaland
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Year in review: Darjeeling in 2017 simmered with violence over demand for separate Gorkhaland

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.

Darjeeling toy train resumes operations after 188 days of service suspension due to Gorkhaland protests
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Darjeeling toy train resumes operations after 188 days of service suspension due to Gorkhaland protests

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway resumed its full operations on Friday after 188 days of service suspension due to Gorkhaland agitation

Gorkhaland agitation: Amid Mamata Banerjee and Bimal Gurung's political battle, Darjeeling gears up for tourism, business festival
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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.

West Bengal govt trying to end Gorkhaland movement, GJM leader Bimal Gurung tells SC
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West Bengal govt trying to end Gorkhaland movement, GJM leader Bimal Gurung tells SC

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.

Madan Tamang murder trial: CBI seeks further investigation into GJM leader Bimal Gurung's role
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Madan Tamang murder trial: CBI seeks further investigation into GJM leader Bimal Gurung's role

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

West Bengal Police registered 'false' cases to quell Gorkhaland movement, says Bimal Gurung
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West Bengal Police registered 'false' cases to quell Gorkhaland movement, says Bimal Gurung

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung on Tuesday claimed in the Supreme Court that the West Bengal Police had lodged false cases against its members.