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Former GJM chief Binay Tamang joins Trinamool forward of GTA polls

By means of PTI

KOLKATA: Months forward of the Gorkhaland Territorial Management (GTA) election, former GJM chief Binay Tamang, who had give up the Hills-based birthday celebration previous this 12 months, joined the ruling TMC on Friday.

Rohit Sharma, an ex-legislator of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), additionally adopted swimsuit.

Either one of them had been passed over TMC flags by way of state ministers Moloy Ghatak and Bratya Basu.

Requested about his stance at the Gorkhaland factor, Tamang mentioned building of Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills tops the checklist of his priorities.

“Construction of Hills is my best precedence. The BJP is making an attempt to make use of the statehood factor to idiot the folks of the Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Since 2009, the birthday celebration has been announcing that it helps the Gorkhaland call for, however no step used to be to this point taken on this regard.”

“They (BJP leaders) have additionally attempted to divide Bengal, however this may not be allowed. We’re united. We’re becoming a member of the TMC to paintings for the advance of the Hills,” he mentioned.

Describing Mamata Banerjee as a “dynamic and visionary chief”, Tamang mentioned he wish to see her as a “high ministerial candidate in 2024”.

Tamang additional mentioned that “if GJM founder Bimal Gurung, former birthday celebration chief Anit Thapa and others need to sign up for the All India Trinamool Congress, they’re maximum welcome”.

Gurung had previous this 12 months pledged his enhance to the TMC.

Welcoming the 2 into the birthday celebration, Ghatak mentioned the transfer made by way of Tamang and Sharma would considerably have an effect on the politics of the hills.

Reacting to the advance, the BJP mentioned it used to be on anticipated strains as Tamang were running with the state’s ruling birthday celebration for the previous couple of years.

The picturesque Darjeeling has again and again witnessed violent agitation over the call for for a separate state of Gorkhaland, the newest being in 2017, when a 104-day-long strike over the problem introduced the area to a standstill.

The strike additionally resulted in a cut up within the GJM, with Binay Tamang, as soon as a deputy to the outfit’s supremo Gurung, taking on the birthday celebration’s reins and expelling the boss.

Even if the GJM faction led by way of Gurung persevered to align with the BJP, the opposite camp, headed by way of Tamang, joined palms with the ruling TMC within the state.

Gurung, who were in hiding for 3 years, on the other hand, resurfaced in Kolkata in October closing 12 months to lend its enhance to the TMC after quitting the NDA.

Polls to the 45-member GTA usually are held early subsequent 12 months.

The closing election to the semi-autonomous council used to be held in 2012.

Tamang’s becoming a member of the TMC comes at a time when a piece of BJP leaders have renewed the call for for Gorkhaland and likewise sought to carve out north Bengal as a centrally-administered Union territory, bringing up disparity in building and injustice to the folks of the area.

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