Demand for Gorkhaland a political issue, not law and order, says GJM; asks Centre to open dialogue

Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Monday said the demand for a separate Gorkhaland is a political issue and not a mere law and order problem and that the Centre should begin talks with it for a solution.

 Demand for Gorkhaland a political issue, not law and order, says GJM; asks Centre to open dialogue

Representational image. PTI

"Gorkhaland is the aspiration of the people in the hills. It should be respected. The Centre should open a dialogue and take concrete steps," GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said in Darjeeling.

"The Mamata Banerjee government is dealing with it as a law and order problem. But it is not a law and order problem. It is a political problem and it should be solved politically.

"We believe in democratic movement. We want dialogue. Why cannot dialogue be opened? I met the Union home minister and some BJP leaders," Giri, who visited Delhi recently, said.

The hills have been on the boil since 8 June following the agitation spearheaded by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) demanding Gorkhaland. The agitation has also led to widespread violence, claiming two lives.

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

Updated Date: Jul 03, 2017 19:07:02 IST