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In Photo: Bimal Gurung (under the flag) leading the GJM march from Kalimpong on Friday. Photo courtesy: GJM

By A Newsman

Kalimpong, 02 October: EROSION continues in the support base of Darjeeling-based Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) with around 100 youth workers in Kalimpong quitting the party on Friday.

Ironically, this came on a day the GJM embarked on a six day Gorkhaland Jagran Yatra (march) from Dambar Chowk in Kalimpong with party supremo Bimal Gurung at the front.

The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha activists who announced their separation from the party said that they were fed up with the whimsical and arbitrary functioning of Gurung. They vowed to support anyone who would back a district status for Kalimpong, a demand recently raised by Kalimpong MLA Harka Bahadur Chhetri, who quit the GJM on 18 September.

Gurung however, put a brave face and went ahead with the preannounced march aimed at reviving the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state out of Bengal. The GJM march led by him on Thursday traversed 27 Km from Kalimpong to Mangmaya, where they halted for the night.

On Saturday, Gurung is scheduled to address a public meeting at Mangmaya in the morning   and would then march to Tinchuley via Tokling, Soreng and Kolbung. The six-day march will culminate in a public rally at Motor Stand in Darjeeling on 07 October.