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GJM's Gurung may be in Darjeeling before LS poll: BJP

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Fugitive Gorkha Janamukti Morcha might come back to the hills before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls if he gets bail and emerge as a key factor in the coming elections, BJP's said on Saturday.

Terming Gurung as the "of the hills", he claimed Mamata Banerjee's attempt to win the Lok Sabha seat by nominating current MLA as a Trinamool-GJM coalition candidate may fall flat if the former GJM chief comes back.

"Gurung is still the in the hills. But he is out of the political equation due to legal issues. The case is going on in the He will come back if the apex court grants him bail.

"He has been charged with a number of criminal cases but most of these cases are politically motivated. Now the is here. So they might do something in this regard. If Gurung comes back, many political equations will change," ," Ghosh told reporters here.

Gurung, who headed the agitation for a separate state of followed by a 104- day-long shutdown in the Darjeeling hills, has been on the run since August 2017 after the CID charged him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the case of two separate bomb blasts in the hills within 24 hours and issued a lookout notice against him.

Making a veiled reference to Rai and the Binay Tamang, Ghosh said people would not accept someone as their leader just because they are being projected by the

The claimed there could be a major political change in the Darjeeling hills.

"There will be a major political change in the hills very soon. Many of the other political parties there have got in touch with us as they think only BJP can provide a stable administration. They do not want the of violence anymore," he said.

The Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat is currently held by BJP. is the sitting



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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 22:00 IST