Rajnath Singh invites GJM today for talks over Darjeeling unrest

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Following a meeting with a delegation of Gorkhaland movement leaders, the Minister also appealed to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to initiate a dialogue with the GJM and other stakeholders.

The delegation of stakeholders submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Union Home Minister today on the same.

The shutdown in the hills will continue until and unless a "positive step" is taken to restore normalcy by the Centre, GMCC, apex body of 30 hill parties participating in the stir for a separate Gorkhaland, stated at an emergency meeting at Kalimpong on Saturday. Violence can never be a solution to any problem, ?

"We told the Home Minister that that there can not be any other solution besides a separate state for the entire region. In the meantime, the state government should restore all civil supplies and also restore Internet services, Cable TV and local channels", the statement said.

"I am concerned about the developments in Darjeeling and the loss of valuable lives and sufferings of people over the past 60 days".

Singh said every one is aware of the strategic importance of the locality and the challenges the region face. He said a solution should be found, "keeping in mind the national interest, as well as in the interest of our Gorkha brothers and sisters, who are fearless and large hearted people and have contributed immensely to nation building". Gurung also said that he is hopeful that all the hill parties will attend the meeting to find a possible road map to Gorkhaland statehood. We urged him to initiate the process of creating a separate state... "He also added that he was mindful of constitutional provisions that guided such demands", Thapa said.

The GMCC had sought the central government's intervention to break the logjam.

GJM chief Bimal Gurung and General Secretary Roshan Giri were expected to meet Rajnath Singh but did not turn up.

Two vehicles were set ablaze by the Gorkhaland agitators in the Darjeeling hills on Wednesday amidst special security arrangements as the indefinite shutdown called by the GJM entered its 56th day. Except medicine shops, all business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed in the hills.

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