Election to 47 wards of SMC, which was won by the CPI(M) in 2015, is likely to be held on January 22, along with four other municipal corporations in south Bengal.
The GNLF, which was a dying force until a couple of years ago, is witnessing a revival, thanks to its partnership with the BJP
'We think this is the appropriate time for the Centre to make Darjeeling a Union territory with a legislature. We would soon start agitation over this,' Gorkha Janamukti Morcha representative said.
Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy’s recent statement has kicked up a storm in the Darjeeling region in north Bengal.
A section of the hill residents, however, feel short-changed by the BJP, which earlier showed sympathy towards the Gorkhaland agitation, but is coy about the demand in this poll, as it does not want to spoil its chance in the other 41 seats in Bengal.
'How is Raju Bista?' is a question making the rounds in the politically fractured and strategically placed hills in Northern Bengal.
Raising the bogey of Gorkhaland periodically, hill parties have tried to stay relevant in the hill politics, say analysts. However, no political party or leader has been sincere in resolving the century-old demand.
The GJM leader had claimed in the top court that he was being politically persecuted by the West Bengal government.
However, five additional companies of the CRPF will be in the hills to assist the state police force.
A sub-inspector was shot dead and four policemen were injured in clashes allegedly with Gurung's supporters on Friday.
He said the police faced "heavy fire power" from the group which led to the death of a police sub-inspector and injuries to four police personnel.
The police team had gone to a forest to catch the leader of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha
On Thursday, Ghosh was allegedly chased and heckled by rebel GJM supporters, who gathered and raised slogans for saying 'no' to Gorkhaland.
Rajnath Singh, earlier in a statement, said that the Centre was taking all possible steps to resolve the row through dialogue.
"dialogue is the only way out to resolve any problem and solutions can be found through restraint and mutual dialogue within the legal ambit," he said.
Police baton-charged the protestors and arrested 12 GJM supporters.
For Mamata Banerjee, the Gorkhaland struggle had become more than an internal state problem to be solved.
The indefinite shutdown in the hills, which had entered its 78th day on Thursday demanding a separate Gorkhaland state, had paralysed life.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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