Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung’s decision to quit the NDA and align with the TMC evoked mixed reactions in Bengal on Wednesday, with the ruling party welcoming the move, and the BJP seeking to know if the state government would support the outfit’s demand for a separate state.

The Congress claimed that the Mamata-Banerjee led party has stitched an "unholy alliance" with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) for its political gains.

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The Bengal BJP leadership said the fugitive GJM leader joined hands with the TMC as he wanted to return to the Hills.

The ruling party in the state claimed, 'The BJP used the Gorkhaland issue for politics.” 

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The Trinamool Congress tweeted, “We welcome Bimal Gurung’s commitment to peace & decision to withdraw support from NDA while reposing faith in @MamataOfficial's leadership. BJP's attempts to use Gorkhaland issue for petty politics & their untrustworthy nature now lay fully exposed before people of Bengal.”

 

Bimal Gurung wanted to hold a press conference at Gorkha Bhavan in Salt Lake on Wednesday (October 21). Journalists were asked to be present at Gorkha Bhavan at 5 pm. Gurung came at Gorka Bhavan in a white car around four in the afternoon. But the authorities did not agree to open the door of Gorkha Bhavan. It was made clear that no political figure would be allowed to hold a press conference. After waiting for forty minutes outside, Bimal Gurung finally left the place. 

People in the political arena are curious to know the reason for which Bimal Gurung joined hands with the Trinamool after fleeing for three years, against whom the police have filed multiple charges, including sedition.

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief on Wednesday (October 21) walked out of the NDA, underscoring that the saffron party has "failed to find a permanent solution" for the Hills -- which had witnessed major unrest over demand for a separate state in 2017. He vowed to support the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in its fight against the BJP in the 2021 Bengal Assembly elections.