Amidst ongoing Gorkhaland crisis, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) President Bimal Gurung has written to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and requested her to “initiate political dialogue” to resolve the crisis in Darjeeling, a party leader said on Thursday.
GJM in the letter also appealed to the state to take “appropriate measures” in order to bring normalcy back to the region.
“Our President has sent a letter to Chief Minister and appealed that state government must take appropriate measures to address all the issues including the present crisis on a permanent basis and ensure that normalcy returns to Darjeeling,” GJM’s leader Swaraj Thapa said, reported NDTV.
Notably, Darjeeling has been in a state of unrest for over two months. It has been under an indefinite shutdown called by the GJM continuing since June 12 to press for a separate state of Gorkhaland.
“…we request your honour to initiate political dialogue on the long pending demand of the Gorkhas, which is Gorkhaland to help to resolve the present crisis of Darjeeling,” Mr Gurung said in the letter.
Meanwhile, CM Mamata Banerjee had on Tuesday announced the state government would hold talks with “all major political parties” on August 29 in a bid to restore peace and normalcy in the agitation-hit north West Bengal hills.