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
Fear of arrest may have stalled Bimal Gurung's campaign, but Gorkhaland issue is back to reshape poll discourse in Darjeeling
The outcome of the electoral contest for Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat will go a long way in determining the political future in the hills which has been framed by the Gorkhaland issue for more than three decades
All eyes are on Tuesday's all-party meeting, convened by the West Bengal government in Siliguri to discuss the Darjeeling crisis, even as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered its 89th day on Tuesday.
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) joint secretary Binay Tamang on Tuesday rubbished reports of a rift between him and party chief Bimal Gurung.
Gorkhaland agitation: GJM chief Bimal Gurung alleges conspiracy by other Hill leaders as strike enters 75th day
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
The three persons, who are active supporters of Gorkhaland movement, were arrested on Saturday night.
A low-intensity blast took place in Teesta Bazar area of Darjeeling on Friday morning as the indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling Hills entered the 72nd day.
As the indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling hits the two-month mark, cracks have appeared in the united front fighting for a separate state with the parties appearing divided and even clueless on the way forward
Gorkhaland unrest: As strike fatigue sets in Darjeeling, regional rivalry may change political landscape
Even as a strike fatigue sets in, like the dense monsoon mist, on the hills of Darjeeling that also encompass adjoining Kalimpong district, a sub-text is emerging.
The agitators threw petrol bombs at a vacant police outpost in Jaldhaka in Darjeeling hills in the afternoon and also tried to set ablaze a forest bungalow in the hills but failed, the police said.
The youth wing of the GJM (Gorkha Janmukti Morcha) began a hunger strike on Friday on the 37th day of the indefinite agitation in the Darjeeling hills
The leader of the current agitation and founder-president of the GJM Bimal Gurung said via SMS that the struggle for Gorkhaland is for the political identity of the Gorkhas.
The GJM, spearhead of the agitation for a separate state, said that two youths were killed during police firing and rejected Mamata Banerjee's talk offers.
Darjeeling unrest: Army reployed after Gorkhaland protests erupt, GJM rejects Mamata Banerjee's offer for talks
The army was redeployed after fresh violence erupted in Darjeeling hills where Gorkhaland supporters torched a police outpost, a toy train station and clashed with the police at two places
Amid the ongoing indefinite shutdown in the West Bengal hills, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leadership on Sunday said there will be "partial relaxation for 12 hours" on Monday for the Muslim community to observe Eid.
Darjeeling unrest: A look at the Hill parties coming together to demand a separate state of Gorkhaland
Several parties in the Darjeeling hills have come together to press for a separate Gorkhaland state.
The Gorkha separatist campaign in the hills of Darjeeling spiralled deeper into violence on Thursday as protesters and riot police hurled stones at each other, while a series of raids uncovered weapons from premises connected to the movement's chief Bimal Gurung.
Darjeeling crisis: GNLF snaps ties with TMC, joins hands with stir spearhead GJM to intensify Gorkhaland demand
The political crisis in the Darjeeling Hills took a new turn on Wednesday with the GNLF breaking its alliance with the TMC and joining hands with agitation spearhead GJM, saying the party has been fighting for Gorkhaland since its inception.
Manas Bhunia, a former state Congress chief who switched to the All India Trinamool Congress last year, was on Sunday nominated as a TMC candidate for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls by party chief Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal civic poll results: TMC's win establishes how non-Hindi speaking states remain challenge for BJP
The results of West Bengal municipal elections highlight continued weak performance of BJP in non-Hindi speaking states, and that it needs to push local leaders to counter TMC's Maa Maati Maanush formula