Rajnath Singh urges GJM leaders to call of hunger strike, withdraw bandh call

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, August 14, 2017

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh yesterday appealed to the leaders of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and other stakeholders in Darjeeling to call off their hunger strike and also withdraw the "bandh" call so that normalcy could return to the area.
Mr. Rajnath Singh also West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to initiate a dialogue with the GJM and other stakeholders of Darjeeling, who are on a strike for the past 60 days.
The Home Minister made the appeal during a meeting with a delegation of Gorkhaland Movement leaders who called on him here yesterday. The delegation submitted a memorandum on their demands to him.
“The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has called for an indefinite strike in Darjeeling hills with effect from 12-06-2017 demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland," Mr. Rajnath Singh said in his appeal.
"I am concerned about the developments in Darjeeling and the loss of valuable lives and sufferings of people over the past 60 days which pains me immensely. 
"Violence can never be a solution to any problem. In a democracy, solutions are always found through restraint, mutual dialogue and within the legal ambit," he said.
Mr. Rajnath Singh said the Government was aware of the strategic importance of the region and the challenges faced in the region. He said he was kept informed on the developments in the region on a regular basis by his ministerial colleague, Mr. S S Ahluwalia, the Lok Sabha member from Darjeeling.
"Keeping in mind the national interest, as well as in the interest of our Gorkha brothers and sisters, who are brave and large hearted people and have contributed immensely to nation building, I appeal to GJM and all other stakeholders to call off the hunger strike, and also to withdraw the bandh call, allowing normalcy to return to the area. It is a move that will help to create an atmosphere for finding a solution to the current crisis. 
"I also appeal to West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee to initiate a dialogue with the GJM and other stakeholders of Darjeeling, who are on a strike for last 60 days. In the meantime, the state government should restore all civil supplies and also restore internet services, Cable TV & local channels. 
"I also appeal to the people of Darjeeling to display sensitivity, and also keep in mind their civic responsibilities. No grievances & problems can be resolved without any dialogue," he added.