Withdraw Darjeeling shutdown, come for talks, Rajnath urges GJM

Withdraw Darjeeling shutdown, come for talks, Rajnath urges GJM”

The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Tuesday announced to withdraw its indefinite strike in Darjeeling after the Centre promised to discuss all contentious issues, media reports said.

"The decision was taken after Union home minister Rajnath Singh's appeal to withdraw the strike", GJM vice-president Kalyan Dewan told a news agency.

With situation returning towards normalcy, the administration chose to lift restrictions on mobile internet services, which were banned in Darjeeling and Kalimpong since June 18.

"After Rajnath Singh's appeal, we had a discussion with senior leaders, including GJM chief Bimal Gurung, and chose to withdraw the shutdown from 6 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday)".

"Eleven precious lives have been lost so far, several have been injured and the entire people of Darjeeling hills have suffered a lot since the strike".

After 104 days, the ongoing strike was withdrawn in Darjeeling region.

Singh said that in a democracy, dialogue is the only way to resolve any problem and solutions can be found through restraint and mutual dialogue within the legal ambit.

Mr. Singh also said that he had asked Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to convene an official-level meeting in the Ministry of Home Affairs within a fortnight to discuss all related issues.

The shutdown of administrative offices was announced on June 12 and on June 15 the GJM gave a call for a complete shutdown when police raided the house of Bimal Gurung.

With the faction led by Tamang entering into talks with the CM, the state government chose to formed a constitutional body comprising of nine-members, and replacing it with the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).

As the indefinite shutdown in the hills by the GJM for a separate state of Gorkhaland on Tuesday entered its 103rd day, shops, business establishment and schools were open defying the shutdown call. Tamang was appointed as its president, and another GJM rebel Amit Thapa as the vice president respectively.

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