GJM's Gurung may be in Darjeeling before LS poll: BJP
"Gurung is still the leader in the hills. But he is out of the political equation due to legal issues. The case is going on in the Supreme Court. He will come back if the apex court grants him bail.
"He has been charged with a number of criminal cases but most of these cases are politically motivated. Now the Election Commission is here. So they might do something in this regard. If Gurung comes back, many political equations will change," ," Ghosh told reporters here.
Gurung, who headed the agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland followed by a 104- day-long shutdown in the Darjeeling hills, has been on the run since August 2017 after the West Bengal CID charged him under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with the case of two separate bomb blasts in the hills within 24 hours and issued a lookout notice against him.
Making a veiled reference to Rai and the current GJM President Binay Tamang, Ghosh said people would not accept someone as their leader just because they are being projected by the state administration.
The BJP leader claimed there could be a major political change in the Darjeeling hills.
"There will be a major political change in the hills very soon. Many of the other political parties there have got in touch with us as they think only BJP can provide a stable administration. They do not want the politics of violence anymore," he said.
The Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat is currently held by BJP. Union Minister S.S. Alhuwalia is the sitting MP.