GJM asks youth wing to call off indefinite fast

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Kolkata: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has invited Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) chief Bimal Gurung for dialogue on Sunday to end the deadlock in Darjeeling which has been witnessing unrest for nearly two months now.

He expressed concern about the developments in Darjeeling, the loss of lives and sufferings of people over the past 60 days.

With the on-going movement for the creation of Gorkhaland, the youth wing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha had been demonstrating hunger strikes in the four major areas of the hills- Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseong and Mirik. "In a democracy, solutions are always found through restraint, mutual dialogue and legal means", the Union home minister told GMCC leaders on Sunday. In 1947, the undivided Communist Party of India (CPI) submitted a memorandum to the Constituent Assembly with copies to Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the Vice President of the Interim Government, and Liaquat Ali Khan, Finance Minister of the Interim Government, demanding the formation of Gorkhasthan comprising Darjeeling District and Sikkim. We urged him to initiate the process of creating a separate state...

This is for the second time when Union Home Minister appealed for talks in the recent past.

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However, in 2007, a new party called the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) raised the demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland once again.

BJP's Darjeeling MP S.S. Ahluwalia was also present during the meeting where the home minister said he was mindful of the suffering of the people in Darjeeling.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is unlikely to attend the meeting as she left the capital on Saturday evening after attending a meeting of opposition parties. While the GJM continued to retain all seats in the district, its vote share had fallen alarmingly by almost 40 per cent and Banerjee's Trinamool had managed to make inroads in the region.

Besides the GJM, various other hill parties and intellectuals marched on the streets of Darjeeling with black flags and placards demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland.

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