Solution to Gorkhaland issue can come through political dialogue: Darjeeling MP Ahluwalia
Source :NewsBharati   Date :04-Aug-2017

New Delhi, August 4: The Darjeeling unrest is not anyhow making any good effect on the socioeconomic situation. Along with political unrest, from tea-garden to tourism, key economic sectors of Darjeeling are getting badly affected by the Gorkhaland protest. Hence Darjeeling MP S.S. Ahluwalia appealed to both the state government and the agitating Gorkhas to take some initiatives to bring back peace in the region. He emphasized on political dialogue rather than administrative pressure.

It has been 50 days Darjeeling is going through an indefinite strike. In last 150 years, this was the first time the second phase of tea plucking did not take place. Tea auction was also impossible. Hence economy has been badly affected. Tea-Garden Workers are going through a phase of immense poverty. A tea-Board report already showed the decline in Darjeeling tea production rate. traders are afraid of the bad reputation of the brand name.

The Bagdogra airport is the key connection to Sikkim. Passengers to Sikkim usually use Siliguri roads. Due to this agitation, the passenger rate has declined by 50%. Internet shutdown is also causing misery for Students who could not even apply online application form for higher studies. Due to internet shut down, any people could not make GST changes possible, could not file Income tax returns.

Hence the Darjeeling MP reviewing the situation in a press conference appealed to the youths who are on hunger strike to withdraw the strike. "I want to tell chief minister Mamata Banerjee that whatever is happening in Darjeeling will not be solved by administrative pressure or police bullets...The solution will come through the democratic process and political dialogue," Ahluwalia said.