Kolkata, September 1: The Gorkhaland Janamukti Morcha (GJM) on Friday expelled its Joint Secretary Binay Tamang and leader Anit Thapa amid the ongoing Darjeeling unrest. These expulsions came week ahead of a meet between the hill parties and the state government to discuss the prevailing unrest scheduled for September 12. As per GJM spokespersons, Tamang and Thapa have violated party guidelines and were involved in anti-party activities.Also Read - Viral Fever Outbreak Wreaks Havoc in Bengal's Birbhum District; 102 Cases Among Kids Reported
At a party meeting held in an undisclosed location, GJM chief Bimal Gurung expelled the two leaders. Speaking to IANS, GJM General Secretary Roshan Giri said, “The GJM central committee has expelled Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa from the party. They were not working in sync with the party’s aspirations and attempted to derail the Gorkhaland movement.” Also Read - People Use Boats to Commute Amid Heavily Waterlogged Streets of West Bengal's Midnapore | Watch
The GJM central committee has expelled Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa from the party. They were not working in sync with the party’s aspirations and attempted to derail the Gorkhaland movement.
On Thursday, Tamang and Thapa called off the ongoing shutdown for 12 days, starting September 1. Against this, pro-shutdown activists reportedly hit various parts of the hills censuring the duo. According to Times of India, these supporters hailed Bimal Gurung as their leader while raising slogans against Tamang and Thapa and pledged to continue their fight until their demand of a separate state is fulfilled. Also Read - West Bengal Rains: 3 Family Members Die in Waterlogged Home Near Kolkata, Electrocution Suspected
However, Giri said that they have decided to send some of their leaders to the all party meet with the West Bengal Government on September 12. Bimal Gurung reportedly accused some of his party leaders of joining hands with the Government and conspiring to foil their agitation. He appealed his supporters to intensify the struggle to make sure Tamang’s call for suspension of shutdown for 12 days is not successful.
While there is evident friction among members of the GJM, people in Darjeeling are confused about what to follow and what not to follow, the TOI report claimed. According to it, when some traders tried to open their shops, they were forcibly closed by GJM supporters.
On Thursday, following Binay Tamang’s announcement to suspend the indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills till the next round of talks with the state government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed it and called it a good news. “It’s good news. We want restoration of peace and want the well-being of the people there ,” Banerjee told the media at the secretariat.