Saturday, October 06, 2007

Bimal Gurung denies GNLF identity

Darjeeling, Oct. 5: Bimal Gurung today said since he was never a part of the GNLF, there was no question of the party expelling him.
Gurung, who has been expelled on charges of anti-party activities, accused GNLF chief Subash Ghisingh of serving aloo (potato) while promising the hill people peda (sweets).
“During the Gorkhaland movement, I decided to support the green (GNLF) flag as it symbolised our identity. After the agitation, Subash Ghisingh served us aloo though he had promised us peda all along?” a written statement from Gurung read.
The rebel leader will disclose his future plans on Sunday at a public meeting in Chowk Bazar. The meet will be preceded by a “grand rally”.
Claiming that the GNLF had no role in making him a leader, Gurung said after the council was formed in 1988, he was never given a party ticket nor did he ask for one. “I was a supporter of Rudra daju (Rudra Pradhan). It was only because of the people that I won the mid-term elections as an Independent candidate (after Pradhan’s murder). So how was I a GNLF leader,” he said in a written statement.
Pradhan, then president of the Darjeeling Branch Committee of the GNLF, was killed soon after becoming the Singmari-Tukvar councillor for the third time in 1999. In the mid-term poll that took place the same year, Gurung won the seat as an Independent as the GNLF did not field any candidate.
Gurung said the hill people’s acceptance of the council was “most unfortunate” and that their inexperience had made them “feel happy about it”.