Darjeeling unrest: Rajnath Singh invites GJM for talks today

Postado Agosto 13, 2017

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders are likely to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Sunday to request him to consider formation of a separate Gorkhaland, informed sources said.

The minister also appealed to the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to initiate a dialogue with the stakeholders to resolve the issue.

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.

Bimal Gurung claimed that Home Minister Rajnath Singh has invited them to New Delhi for talks on Sunday at 4:30 pm.

"We told the Home Minister that that there can not be any other solution besides a separate state for the entire region. In a democracy, solutions are always found through restraint, mutual dialogue and within the legal ambit", he said.

Singh said every one is aware of the strategic importance of the locality and the challenges the region face.

"We urge the central government to initiate a dialogue process so that normalcy can be restored in the hills".

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". "As we are yet to get the fixed time to meet the Home Minister, but we will meet him any time in the day", he said. "He was kind enough to listen to all the various parties present in the meeting", he said. While the GJM continued to retain all seats in the district, its vote share had fallen alarmingly by almost 40 per cent and Banerjee's Trinamool had managed to make inroads in the region. Meanwhile no large-scale violence has been observed this month.

Besides the GJM, various other hill parties and intellectuals marched on the streets of Darjeeling with black flags and placards demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.