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Darjeeling Unrest, Centre Puts Onus On Mamata Banerjee For Talks




On Sunday the centre appealed for a peace in Darjeeling but puts the onus on Mamata Banerjee government for possible tripartite talks with  Gorkha protestors demanding an individual state. Rajnath Singh Union Home Minister Tweeted “all parties and stakeholders should resolve the various and misunderstandings through dialogue in the amicable environment,” a day after violent clashes between supporters and police of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha left four people dead. Earlier, the Opposition parties will neglect no stone unturned to garner support for the Presidential election, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced.

On Sunday Sources told Singh spoke to Banerjee for the third time in as many days to explore if she was forward to examine the individual state demand. Banerjee has ruled out bifurcation of Bengal. The present agitation began off as a protest against an alleged move by the Trinamool government to impose Bengali in schools in the hills where most people speak Nepali.

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The GJM which administers the semi-autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration revived the 110-year-old demand for a separate state after a police raid of the office of its chief Bimal Gurung.


Singh spoke to Banerjee for the third time in as many days to explore if she was forward to examine the individual state demand

An ally of the BJP, the GJM had refused to make a conversation with the state Government and insisted on tripartite negotiations on statehood.

A senior home ministry official said HT

“the originate to examine the statehood demand has to come to from the State government and we have a limited role to play.”

The Trinamool faced the prime political fallout of the agitation when one of its leader, Galen Lepcha retired from the party in reinforce of an individual state.

A three-time former MLA of Gorkha National Liberation Front, Lepcha, had combined Trinamool just a couple of months before the creation of an individual Kalimpong District on February 16. On Saturday the State government cut off the internet in the hills area, to stop sharing the protest video through social media.

On Sunday Officials told the police Vehicle in Kalimngbong was set on fire while an attempt to burn a government library was foiled as fire service personnel doused the flames. GJM and other pro-Gorkhaland activities also staged rallies at Mirik and Kalimpong.

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