In an unexpected move, the GJM has expelled study forum member and ideologue P. Arjun for coming out in support of Prof. M P Lama.
Speaking to the reporters, GJM Secretary Roshan Giri said that “Mr. P Arjun supported of Mahendra P Lama without bothering to inform the Party (GJM), which is why we have expelled him from the party”
He further said that “GJM had decided not to support Prof. Lama’s candidature in the up coming 2014 elections.”
Many intellectuals within GJM have questioned the removing of Study Forum member P. Arjun and GJM central committee’s decision to not support Prof. Lama. However the opposition have said that it was well known that given the objections set forth by the state government against prof. Lama’s candidature, it was a forgone conclusion that GJM would back off from supporting Prof. Lama.
Speaking to TheDC one senior opposition leader said, “we have come to know that the opposition to Prof. Lama’s candidature came from Mamata and Trinmool… as they fear that a capable MP in Delhi can push for the Gorkhaland agenda to become a reality… hence they fear Prof. Lama… All GJM is doing is making sure Mamata’s wishes are fulfilled… else they [GJM members] will get arrested again… now is the time for people of Darjeeling to decide whom they want to support? Someone who can get us Gorkhaland or someone who will play substitute for West Bengal.”
Only time will tell how the political situation will develop in the light of Telangana declaration by the Center, but chances that people will vote for the candidate who will be opposing Gorkhaland is getting slimmer by the day.
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