Rajnath appeals to GJM to restore normalcy

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. Rep

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. Rep

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

"I am concerned about the developments in Darjeeling and the loss of valuable lives and sufferings of people over the past 60 days. In a democracy, solutions are always found through restraint, mutual dialogue and within the legal ambit", he said. "We all are aware of the strategic importance of the locality and the challenges that we face in the region", he said. 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 courageous and large hearted people and have contributed immensely to nation building". "No grievances and problems can be resolved without any dialogue", he said. He was kind enough to listen to all the various parties present in the meeting. "We urged him to start the process for (creation of) a separate state. He also added that he was mindful of constitutional provisions that guided such demands", Thapa said. "We will soon decide the future course of action", he said.

With food supply severely hit due to the shutdown, GJM activists and NGOs were seen distributing food among the local people.

Barring medicine shops, all other shops, business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed. Although no incident of violence has been reported since Friday night, the police and security personnel have made special security arrangements in the hills and are keeping a tight vigil to avoid any untoward incident.

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