Bagdogra, March 12: Bimal Gurung today said Bhaichung Bhutia, the Trinamul candidate for Darjeeling, wouldn’t garner more than 15,000 votes in the hills and the comprehensive development of Bengal was possible only if Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister.
“Just like the CPM which lost to us (the BJP-Gorkha Janmukti Morcha alliance) in Darjeeling in 2009, we will defeat Trinamul in the coming Lok Sabha polls. Now that the Morcha and the BJP have forged an alliance, Trinamul will perform abysmally in the hills. We are not considering Trinamul or any other party even as a contender in the election,” the Morcha president said at the Bagdogra airport on his return from New Delhi.
“Let me iterate that Bhaichung Bhutia will not get more than 15,000 votes in the hills,” he added.
The hill vote has traditionally decided the winner of the Darjeeling seat because the voters there poll for one candidate en bloc.
Although the plains areas have more voters, the voting is fractured.
Gurung said the Morcha had tied up with the BJP because of the latter’s support for Gorkhaland.
“Back in 2009, we had supported Jaswant Singh as the BJP candidate. He was the first Parliamentarian to mention the demand for the separate state of Gorkhaland on the floor of Lok Sabha since Independence. We have decided to support the BJP again appreciating the proactive stance of Singh and his party.”
The Morcha chief also rooted for Modi. “Further, Bengal is lagging behind in development and the Morcha sincerely feels comprehensive growth across the state is possible only if Narendra Modi is elected the Prime Minister,” Gurung said.
The GTA Sabha chief said the Morcha would put its best efforts to ensure that Gorkha votes were cast in favour of the BJP in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri seats and other parts of the country.
The BJP candidate for Darjeeling may be declared tomorrow.
Trinamool will lose Darjeeling like CPM in ’09: Bimal Gurung
The rift between the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha once again came at the forefront after Morcha president Bimal Gurung today said that the TMC will lose in Darjeeling as miserably as the CPM had in 2009 election. Gurung, who returned to Darjeeling today, said that the TMC would not get votes and would be defeated by the people in the hills.
“TMC will lose in Darjeeling the way CPM lost in 2009 (in Darjeeling). We do not have anything to do with West Bengal. The state never thought of the people in the hills. The BJP MP (Jaswant Singh) is the only person who has raised his voice for Gorkhaland,” said Gurung, who was speaking to the reporters at the Bagdogra airport. The GJM recently announced it will support the BJP in West Bengal, including Darjeeling.
The Morcha president has, meanwhile, called for a central committee meeting on Thursday after which the name of the candidate (from Darjeeling) for the Lok Sabha election will be announced, said Roshan Giri, GJM general secretary. Sources in the GJM said a veteran BJP leader’s name is likely to be announced as the candidate whom the GJM will support. Names of senior BJP leaders like S S Ahluwalia and Rajiv Pratap Rudy are currently doing the rounds.
Everything will be finalised on Thursday,” Giri said.
GTA-TMC dialogue will continue: Gurung
Bagdogra, 12 March: Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) chief Bimal Gurung today said dialogue with Trinamul Congress will continue when it comes to running the Gorkha Territorial Administration (GTA), but that there will be no talks with the state’s ruling party on issues related to the Lok Sabha elections.
Upon his return from a visit to New Delhi, Mr Gurung told reporters at the Bagdogra airport that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will defeat the Trinamul Congress in the Lok Sabha polls with GJMM support.
Mr Gurung claimed that Trinamul candidate Baichung Bhutia will not be able to bag even 15,000 votes in the Darjeeling constituency.
“Many Gorkha people live in Bengal and we will appeal to them to elect the BJP candidates in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar too,” he said.
“We will hand down the Trinamul candidate a defeat just as we did in the last general elections when we defeated the CPI-M,” he added.
“In 2009, we had forged an electoral alliance with the BJP, and this time, efforts will be made that Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister. We are hopeful that the BJP MP would sincerely work for the development of the region,” he said.
Mr Gurung further said Jaswant Singh, the sitting MP from Darjeeling, was the only parliamentarian who raised the Gorkhaland issue in the House.
According to Mr Gurung, the BJP will announce its candidates for the region tomorrow.
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