Rajnath appeals to GJM to restore normalcy

Rajnath appeals to GJM to restore normalcy

Rajnath appeals to GJM to restore normalcy

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 submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Home Minister.

"I am hopeful the hill parties leading the movement will attend this meeting and help find a possible road map for Gorkhaland statehood". The GMCC, led by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), said it had urged the home minister to start the process for creating a separate state.

The home minister said he was concerned about the developments in Darjeeling and the loss of valuable lives and sufferings of the people in the last two months. The Minister said violence could never be a solution to any problem, adding, "In a democracy, solutions are always found through restraint, mutual dialogue and within the legal ambit". "We all are aware of the strategic importance of the locality and the challenges that we face in the region", he said. "No grievances and problems can be resolved without any dialogue", he said.

Darjeeling: With the indefinite strike in the Darjeeling hills entering its 59th day on Saturday, the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC) called an emergency meeting of all the hill-based parties to discuss the "future course of action". "We urged him to start the process for (creation of) a separate state".

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

With the food supply severely hit due to the shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs were seen distributing food among locals. Internet services have also been snapped in the hills since June 18, when the agitation started in protest against the West Bengal government's decision to introduce Bengali as one of the subjects in schools in the hills.

Darjeeling remained incident free as police and security personnel made special security arrangements in the hills.

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