Rajnath Singh also appealed to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to initiate a dialogue with GJM and other stakeholders and asked the state government to restore all civil supplies and internet services and cable TV.
A GJM delegation, headed by its President Bimal Gurung and General Secretary Roshan Giri, is slated to reach here on Sunday morning and meet the Home Minister any time in the day, a GJM leader told IANS on condition of anonymity. 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.
Rajnath said that, in a democracy, solutions are always found through restraint, mutual dialogue and within the legal ambit.
Singh said every one is aware of the strategic importance of the locality and the challenges the region face. Singh appealed to the people of Darjeeling to display sensitivity, and also keep in mind their civic responsibilities. No grievances and problems can be resolved without any dialogue, ? he added. "We urged him to start the process for (creation of) a separate state".
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".
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"He said he was very mindful of the sufferings faced by Gorkha and non-Gorkha people of the entire region. The state is suppressing our democratic movement", Thapa said.
The GMCC had sought the central government's intervention to break the logjam.
Although no incident of violence was reported since Wednesday night, the police and security personnel have made special security arrangements in the hills and are keeping tight vigil to avoid any untoward incident.
Barring medicine shops, all other shops, business establishments, schools and colleges remained closed.