Gorkha Janmukti Morcha president Bimal Gurung will address a public rally at Gandhi Maidan in Siliguri on December 6.

While preparations are on for Gurung's rally, anti-Gurung posters surfaced in Darjeeling town on Thursday. (December 3).

Bishal Chettri, vice-president, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (Bimal) said necessary arrangements were being made for the rally. "We are expecting more than one and a half lakh people at the rally," Chettri added.

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On being asked whether Gurung will head for the Hills after the rally, Chettri stated that the former would make Siliguri his base for the time being. "Siliguri has a central location. From Siliguri the Hills, Terai and Dooars are easily accessible," he added.

Anand Bhandari, lawyer of the GJM (Bimal Gurung faction), said Gurung can appear in public since the Supreme Court has ordered a stay on investigation in the cases under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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Gurung will not immediately move to hills, leaders in the party said. He and his supporters will stay in Siliguri to avoid confrontation with the GJM’s Binoy Tamang faction.

Gurung, who has been charged by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government under anti-terror law for the violence during the Gorkhaland stir in 2017, was in hiding all these years. He surfaced in Kolkata on October 21 and offered to support Mamata Banerjee in the assembly elections due in about five months.