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“The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, an alliance party to the NDA for the last 10 years, would like to officially communicate to the chief convener of the third party alliance that we are officially declaring that we are going to pull out from the NDA alliance (and) is ready to join the third party alliance in the centre in the upcoming 2019 elections,” said the letter to the CM, The Telegraph reported.

Gorkha’s support is crucial on at least four seats in north Bengal and helped the saffron party win the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat in 2009 and 2014.

With allies abandoning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the road to Lok Sabha elections is appears to be getting rockier for the BJP. Earlier Asom Gana Parishad had pulled support from the BJP in Assam over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

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