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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
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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

Fear of arrest may have stalled Bimal Gurung's campaign, but Gorkhaland issue is back to reshape poll discourse in Darjeeling
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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

Gorkhaland agitation: Shops open in Darjeeling; all eyes on Tuesday's party meeting with govt
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Gorkhaland agitation: Shops open in Darjeeling; all eyes on Tuesday's party meeting with govt

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.

Gorkhaland agitation: No rift with GJM chief Bimal Gurung, says Binay Tamang
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Gorkhaland agitation: No rift with GJM chief Bimal Gurung, says Binay Tamang

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
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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

Gorkhaland agitation: Police arrest 3 GJM supporters for involvement in arson, violence
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Gorkhaland agitation: Police arrest 3 GJM supporters for involvement in arson, violence

The three persons, who are active supporters of Gorkhaland movement, were arrested on Saturday night.

Gorkhaland agitation: Low-intensity blast near Teesta in Darjeeling, no casualties reported
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Gorkhaland agitation: Low-intensity blast near Teesta in Darjeeling, no casualties reported

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.

Gorkhaland demand: Cracks in unity among GMCC parties over GJM's 'big brother' attitude
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Gorkhaland demand: Cracks in unity among GMCC parties over GJM's 'big brother' attitude

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
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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.

Darjeeling unrest: Police outpost set on fire by Gorkhaland supporters
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Darjeeling unrest: Police outpost set on fire by Gorkhaland supporters

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.

Darjeeling crisis: GJM Yuva Morcha begins hunger strike as unrest enters 37th day
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Darjeeling crisis: GJM Yuva Morcha begins hunger strike as unrest enters 37th day

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

Darjeeling unrest: Looked down upon by Bengalis, Gorkhas feel alienated in their own land
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Darjeeling unrest: Looked down upon by Bengalis, Gorkhas feel alienated in their own land

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.

Darjeeling violence: Govt deploys army after fresh clashes between GJM activists, police
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Darjeeling violence: Govt deploys army after fresh clashes between GJM activists, police

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
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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

Darjeeling unrest: GJM allows 12 hours 'partial relaxation' for Muslims to observe Eid
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Darjeeling unrest: GJM allows 12 hours 'partial relaxation' for Muslims to observe Eid

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
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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.

Darjeeling unrest: Protesters clash with police on day when weapons were seized from GJM office
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Darjeeling unrest: Protesters clash with police on day when weapons were seized from GJM office

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
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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.

Mamata Banerjee nomintates Derek O'Brien, Manas Bhunia among TMC Rajya Sabha candidates
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Mamata Banerjee nomintates Derek O'Brien, Manas Bhunia among TMC Rajya Sabha candidates

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
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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