Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh appealed for peace in the tense Darjeeling. Rajnath had earlier spoken to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the situation of Darjeeling. Violence continues here since June 8.
He said, “I appeal to Darjeeling and the people living in the surrounding areas to be calm and not to resort to violence … violence in a democratic country like India cannot solve any problem. It can be resolved through mutual negotiation. ”
BJP parliamentarian from Darjeeling SS Ahluwalia, also a Union minister, wrote to the home minister last week demanding a committee to examine the long-pending demands of Gorkhas.
The current agitation started off as protests against an alleged move by the Trinamool government to impose Bengali in schools in the hills where most people speak Nepali.
The GJM, which administers the semi-autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, revived the 110-year-old demand for a separate state after a police raid on the office of its chief Bimal Gurung.
The GJM, an ally of the BJP, has refused to talk to the state government and insisted on tripartite negotiations on statehood.