Rajnath appeals to GJM to withdraw stir in Darjeeling Hills
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 26-Sep-2017


New Delhi, Sept 26: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has appealed the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) to withdraw the ongoing bandh in the Darjeeling Hills.

IN an appeal issued Tuesday Singh also asked the Union Home Secretary to convene an official level meeting in the Ministry of Home Affairs within a fortnight to discuss all related issues.

On the call of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) an indefinite strike is currently on in the Darieeling Hills since 12-06-2017.

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.

Rajnath Singh said that he was immensely pained by what has happened in Darjeeling hills during this period.

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

“I have asked the Home Secretary to convene an official level meeting in the Home Ministry within a fortnight to discuss all related issues”, the Home Minister said adding that he has also appealed to the GJM and its leader Bimal Gurung to withdraw the ongoing bandh and to help create a conducive atmosphere for allowing normalcy to return to the area, particularly in view of the festive season.