Former Gorkha general secretary Janmukti Morcha launches new political party

Former Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) General Secretary Anit Thapa on Thursday launched a new political party, the Bharatiya Gorkha Prajatantrik Morcha.

After launching the new party, Thapa said he would work to develop the hills.

Thapa took to Twitter to announce his decision to launch his new party and welcomed a number of hill leaders for joining him. He tweeted, “I welcome Martin Daju (Central Committee Member) Nelson Pradhan (Spokesperson for Kurseong Branch) Sachin Thakuri (Head of Media, Kurseong Branch) from GJM (Bimal) in our team.”

In 2019, the West Bengal government made Thapa the chairman of the board of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), a semi-autonomous development body that governs the administration of Darjeeling. This was after Tamang resigned from his post to contest the assembly by-election in Darjeeling, which he lost to the BJP candidate.

Ahead of the Assembly polls this year, Thapa was removed from the GTA and the autonomous body is now headed by a senior official.

Prior to Thapa, another senior GJM leader, Binay Tamang, had also left the GJM. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which under Bimal Gurung staged violent protests in Darjeeling in 2017, is nearly in a state of disorder.

Bimal Gurung called for an investigation against the hill chiefs including Anit Thapa.

The formation of another hill party is likely to cause more challenges to the government of West Bengal as the GJM is an ally of the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state. It will also pose challenges for hill chiefs like Bimal Gurung and Binay Tamang.

Tamang, who left the GJM on July 15, has not yet launched a political formation. He could join Gurung’s faction or start his own party, people in the know said. Since 2017, Thapa has been the general secretary of Tamang’s GJM faction.

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