Mumbai: GJM supremo Bimal Gurung, who had been absconding since 2017, was re-spotted in Kolkata and broke ties with the BJP, stating that the GJM would ally with the Trinamool Congress for the 2021 assembly elections.
Outside Gorkha Bhavan near Kolkata, Gurung said that the demand for Gorkhaland still remained and the party would take the cause forward.
“This is our purpose, our vision. In the election of 2024, we will support the party that will take this cause forward.”
Making sharp attacks on the BJP, Gurung said that he is neither a criminal nor an anti-national.
I’m a political leader and I want a political settlement, he said.
With over 150 cases including UAPA charged with involvement in the agitation three years ago, Gurung said that he had been in Delhi and Jharkhand for the last 2 months.
“The commitment made by the Center has not been fulfilled, but the promises made by Mamata Banerjee have been fulfilled. Therefore, I would like to separate myself from the NDA, I would like to break my ties with the BJP. In the 2021 Bengal elections, we will tie-up with TMC and give a reply to BJP,” he added.
Meanwhile, the police present at the scene did not arrest the GJM leader, indicating that he had reached a secret understanding with the TMC government.