GJM burns Ahluwalia’s effigy in Darjeeling

7 Oct 2018

The political picture is hotting up in the hills ahead of the 2019 election with the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha and BJP taking on each other in a show of strength in Delhi and Darjeeling. The subtle presence of the Bimal Gurung faction of the GJM can also be felt.
In Darjeeling, on Sunday, senior GJM leaders alleged party president Binoy Tamang was stopped from addressing supporters in south Delhi on the occasion of the 11th foundation day celebration.
In a retaliatory move, GJM activists burned the effigy of Surendra Singh Ahluwalia, the Darjeeling MP in Chowk Bazar. GJM alleged the BJP leader had a hand in denying Tamang to celebrate the party’s foundation day in Delhi. “Our unit in Delhi had organized the foundation day program in the NCUI auditorium and convention center. Our party was stopped and not allowed to head to the venue. We have information that Ahluwalia used his powers as a Union minister to ask the police contingent to stop Tamang from speaking against the Center,” alleged GJM central committee youth spokesperson Arun Chhetri.
Posters were also pasted in the town-walls against the Darjeeling MP who is already facing public criticism for his reluctance to visit the hills during the 104-day long strife last year. “BJP and others talk of lack of democracy in the hills,” he said, in reference to the Bimal Gurung faction of the GJM. But, we wonder that if we cannot speak in Delhi then where we would find democracy. The manager of the NCUI center was also threatened for allowing our programme,” alleged the youth president.
GJM Darjeeling sub-division spokesperson Sandip Chhetri warned the M.P. would not be allowed to come to the hills. “The BJP can stop dreaming about winning from the hills anymore. If the Union minister who won by our votes does not allow our leader to speak in Delhi than we will ensure that he (Ahluwalia) is not able to
visit the hills,” he said.
Earlier, this year BJP state president Dilip Ghosh faced hostility when he visited Darjeeling to interact with party supporters. The Darjeeling M.P. on the other hand has confined his visits to the plains of Siliguri. “Those who support the BJP should not instigate and try to create unrest in the hills. The BJP will have to take responsibility of any untoward incident in the hills,” the GJM sub-division spokesperson said, in a veiled reference to Bimal Gurung. (EOIC)