GNLFGorkha National Liberation Front (India)
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This suits the current state government as well as the Communist Party of India (Marxist), whose current Darjeeling district secretary Jibesh Sarkar has invited support from GNLF.
The Sherpas are also unhappy the way the GJM has led the Gorkhaland movement after relegating the GNLF to the sidelines.
GNLF launched the agitation for a separate state in 1980, but dropped the emand after New Delhi agreed to confer partial autonomy in 1988 for theepalese-speaking people.
GNLF's decision to boycott the polls will be a decisive factor for both the Congress and the BJP in the hills in the upcoming elections with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate to be the ultimate gainer," said Subhas Gishing, president, GNLF.
The Central Government, the State Government of West Bengal and the GNLF signed an agreement paving the way for setting up the Autonomous Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (ADGHC) in 1988.
However, in early 2008, a breakaway faction of GNLF set up the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM), which over the past couple of months has been spearheading the agitation for the separate state of Gorkhaland.
Later, a break away faction of GNLF raised the issue of Gorkhaland by forming a separate forum under the name GJM.
The police vehicle taking the five to a court was intercepted by GNLF supporters.