New Delhi: Saying says “If Winter comes can Spring be far behind?”-so, on Thursday -a day after the first phase Assembly Polls in Bihar-political strategists are of the view that Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM)’s recent move may hit BJP in Bengal foothills during the April-May (2021) Assembly elections in the Trinamool Congress ruled state.
According to the strategists, GJM founder Bimal Gurung’s snapping of ties with BJP is likely to affect the party’s prospects in at least two Assembly seats in the foothills-Siliguri and Matigara-Naxalbari in North Bengal-having a substantial Gorkha population.
These are apart from the three Hills seats that have gone with GJM or GNLF in assembly elections in which Trinamool and BJP played the second fiddle.
Political observers also fear a rift between Gorkhas and Adivasis, now mainly with BJP in another five Assembly seats in the Dooars, spread over Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts like in 2008 following Gurung’s pullout from the NDA.
The possibility has come as a bother for BJP after its North Bengal sweep in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Sources said, the BJP central leadership has asked its Bengal unit to go slow on Gurung and instead target Trinamool.
Informatively, after three years “exile” on October 21, a day before commencing of Durga Puja, Gurung made his “appearance” in Kolkata and announced GJM’s severing of ties with BJP.
“GJM wants to see Mamata Banerjee as Chief Minister of Bengal for the third time”, Gurung stated.