THE HIMALAYAN BEACON (THB)
CORRESPONDENT: PRAVIN THAMI
CAMERAPERSON: PRAVIN THAMI
TEXT BY BARUN ROY
DARJEELING, 17 NOVEMBER 2017: Kishore Gurung, one of the old Guards of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) who spearheaded the 1986 Gorkhaland Agitation along with Subash Ghisingh was today accorded a grand welcome to the party by the GNLF President Maan Ghisingh. A large number of supporters from Lumthang, Happy Valley and Singamari area followed Kishore Gurung as he walked to the party office. He was escorted by many GNLF leaders such as Y. Lama.
Maan Ghisingh welcomed Gurung and appointed him as the Organizing Secretary of the party. Since, Kishore Gurung holds great deal of sway over the Happy Valley, Lumthang and the Singamari and Tukvar area, his being appointed as the Party’s Organizing Secretary is being deemed as important step towards consolidating the party’s base in what has traditionally been the epi-centre of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) which Bimal Gurung, the exiled party President sourcing most of his power from this region.
Speaking to the media, Y. Lama said that the coming back of Kishore Gurung to the party was the proof enough that the party was now making solid gains in the hills and that it was set to make a huge come back. He said that the people were looking towards Maan Ghisingh for leadership. He said that the party president had appointed Kishore Gurung as the Organizing Secretary of the party and the party had full faith in him that with his experience and vision, the party will have much to gain.
Speaking to the media after a long gap, Kishore Gurung said that he had not joined any party and that he had always remained with the party. He said that Gorkhaland was the ultimate dream of all Gorkhas however, many had made mockery of the same and hoodwinked the people. He thus felt that it was only under the flag of the GNLF that the dream of Gorkhaland was possible and that he was sure that the party under the leadership of Maan Ghisingh will surely fulfill the dreams of the people and offer a lasting solution to the political turmoil faced in the hills.
Pravin Thami is the Chief Cameraman and the Coordinator Darjeeling Region for ‘The Himalayan Beacon’.