|Bimal Gurung left for New Delhi to meet Prime|
Minister Narendra Modi
Darjeeling. On the possibility of an alliance with the BJP, Gurung said, “There have been no talks on this subject but I have asked party leaders and cadres to work independently.”
Gurung is being accompanied by Col (Retd) Ramesh Kumar Alley, RP Waiba, Dawa Lama, Vikram Rai and Suraj Sharma. It remains to be seen how effectively the GJM chief is able to persuade Modi to look into the statehood demand as the BJP has not supported it openly.
Last year, the party’s election manifesto read: “The BJP reiterates that it will sympathetically examine and appropriately consider the long pending demands of the Gorkhas, the Adivasis and other people of Darjeeling district and the Dooars region; of the Kamtapuri, Rajbongshi and other people of North Bengal (including recognition of their languages); and will take initiatives for the permanent solution of the long pending issues of the Bodos and other tribals of Assam, the people of Sikkim, Leh, Ladakh, Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep and other such neglected regions.”