More Gorkhas don’t want Gorkhaland

One significant indication coming from the just concluded civic elections in the hills is that less and less people can now be enthused to vote for the GJM for achieving a separate Gorkhaland. Not only has Trinamool Congress wrested the Mirik municipality from the GJM, it has opened accounts in all the other three civic bodies as well.  The GJM’s alliance with the BJP, the ruling party at the Centre, did not improve its tally but in fact reduced it. For the first time the GJM leadership, especially Bimal Gurung, realized that the Gorkhas are having a second thought on whether their well-being and development depends only on creating a separate State for themselves or to be in West Bengal and march hand in hand with all other sections of the people of this State. Read full story

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Surrendered KLO militants seek meeting with Mamata Banerjee

Former Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) militants have sought an appointment with the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. They want to inform her about the problems surrendered KLO militants are facing and also try to impress upon her the need to bring back Jeevan Singha, the leader of the banned outfit, into the mainstream. Singha is believed to be hiding in Myanmar. Click here to read full article

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