BJP Ally of 10 Years, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Quits NDA
Per reports, GJM's support is crucial on at least four seats in north Bengal and helped the saffron party win the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in 2009 and 2014.
Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally for the last 10 years, has reportedly announced an end to its association with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls.
GJM’s support is crucial to the BJP on at least four Lok Sabha seats in north Bengal and helped the saffron party win the Darjeeling seat in 2009 and 2014, reported The Telegraph.
GJM was present at the grand opposition rally at Brigade Grounds in Kolkata and submitted a letter to chief minister Mamata Banerjee, expressing interest to join a third-party alliance.
“The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, an alliance party to the NDA for the last 10 years, would like to officially communicate to the chief convener of the third party alliance that we are officially declaring that we are going to pull out from the NDA alliance (and) is ready to join the third party alliance in the centre in the upcoming 2019 elections,” said the letter to the CM, The Telegraph reported.
A source told The Telegraph, “Apart from remaining silent during the last agitation, the BJP has not yet fulfilled any of the demands of the hill people.”