Kolkata: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has invited Binay Tamang and Anit Thapa for talks in Calcutta on November 3 amidst murmurs that she has convened the meeting to ensure a truce between the two factions of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
The Binay-Anit camp of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has been an ally of the Trinamul since September 2017 while Bimal Gurung faction announced their decision to dump the BJP-led NDA and back Trinamul on October 21.
According to sources, the meeting between Mamata and the Binay-Anit duo would be held at Nabanna at 3 pm on November 3.
This is the first meeting between Mamata Banerjee and Binay-Anit camp after Gurung’s decision.
Discussions are on in the hills that Mamata might try to balance both the Binay-Anit and Bimal factions as both are now Trinamul allies.
But settling the dispute among the two factions is possibly easier said than done as leaders of Binay-Anit camp have stated that they would neither share space with Bimal nor “crumble under any pressure or forces in this regard”.
Against this charged political background in the hills, Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankar’s first visit to Darjeeling starts from Sunday.
In Malda on Saturday, asked on separate Gorkhaland state issue, he dodged a direct reply and said he would “try to understand the issue during visit”.