Ex-AGP leaders join BJP, GJM lends support
Two former Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) leaders have joined India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) announced support to the BJP in West Bengal, including the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency.
Former AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary, senior AGP leader and former minister Hitendra Nath Goswami and a large number of supporters were inducted into the party by BJP president Rajnath Singh here.
Following the inducement, Rajnath Singh tweeted: "Former AGP president Shri Chandra Mohan Potwary and Shri Hiten Goswami joined the BJP this morning. I welcome them in the party."
GJM president Bimal Gurung announced that his outfit will extend support to the BJP in West Bengal.
"Gorkha Janamukthi Morcha (GJM) president Shri Bimal Gurung has decided to support the BJP in coming Lok Sabha polls. I welcome his decision," Singh posted on Twitter.
In his statement, Gurung said: "After meeting BJP President, Shri Rajnath Singh, the Gorkha Mukti Morcha has decided to extend full support to candidates fielded by BJP all over India and Darjeeling."
"I would appeal all Gorkhas to support BJP all over India," he said.
Gurung said the names of the candidate will be announced after BJP comes out with its manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"The name of the candidate for Darjeeling will be announced after BJP releases it's election manifesto 2014," Gurung stated.
(Posted on 10-03-2014)