GJM chief Bimal Gurung accuses CM Mamata Banerjee of spreading ‘white lies’

In a video statement on Sunday, GJM chief Bimal Gurung said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's assertion that the violence in Darjeeling and surrounding hills was being propagated by insurgent groups was "white lies".

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 18, 2017 1:16 pm
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Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of “misleading people” and spreading lies. In an audio issued statement on Sunday, Gurung said the CM’s claim that the violence in Darjeeling and surrounding hills was being propagated by insurgent groups was “white lies”.

He also said that the fight for a separate state would intensify till Gorkhaland is carved out from West Bengal. Banerjee, on Saturday, had said that the violence in the hills was a “deep-rooted conspiracy” by rebel organisations in the northeast region as well as some foreign countries.

“The allegations are baseless, Mamata Banerjee is trying to mislead people. It is not a political fight but a fight for our own identity. We will not stop until and unless Gorkhaland is achieved. The struggle will intensify in the hills,” Gurung said.

On the boil for the past 10 days over a separate state demand, Darjeeling had yesterday witnessed widespread clashes between GJM activists and the police in which at least three were killed and 35 security personnel were injured, including an India Reserve Battalion (IRB) officer.

Meanwhile, the party’s leadership is planning to revive Gorkhaland Personnel(GLP) — its “peacekeeping” wing. “The situation is getting worse with each passing day. We feel that a head-on collision is just a matter of time. So we need to prepare ourselves to counter the state government democratically,” GJM central committee member and former in-charge of GLP Colonel (retd) Ramesh Alley told PTI.

“We (GJM) will revive and recruit more youths in GLP our own peacekeeping force. We are not into any kind of violence nor is GLP into this. But we have to prepare ourselves,” he said. GJM, Alley said, wants to raise an 8000-strong force in Darjeeling hills which will be well prepared to tackle” any kind of situation”.

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    Prasun Sardar
    Jun 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm
    the question people of the hills should really be asking " WHY NO AUDIT of GTA " ??? is it because Bimal Gurung has no record of the funds doled out by the state ?
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      Prasun Sardar
      Jun 19, 2017 at 7:12 pm
      Bimal Gurung wants a nation out of ethnicity .. IS HE OUT OF HIS MIND !!!!! India has never ever and never will entertain such absurd claim. Bimal is fooling around with the federation when in fact if any action is taken will be taken by the Center to form a new state ... if Bimal Daju had the guts he would have fought with the Union of India and not blame state for not giving State status. Bimal Gurung is cheating his own people when he knows for sure that the demand for a separate state can only be entertained and put into effect by the Center.
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        Mathura
        Jun 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm
        Will NIA investigate source of money and inpiration to Gurang
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          yesodharan
          Jun 18, 2017 at 6:39 pm
          What he want . He want some land give it to him then he will start lying. Up to that time give freedom to madam to use lies of all colours such as white black and what not.
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            Shyamal Ganguly
            Jun 18, 2017 at 5:44 pm
            Mamata needs to corner Bimal Gurung in an encounter and engage him to die for his cause. For the last several years he got paid crores but has no audit and book keeping.
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              Sankaran Krishnan
              Jun 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm
              There is no point in just accusing her and if you have proof why not expose her is the query ??? Do remember violence is not at all acceptable to regain the hold of your Land as you claim, okay !!!
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