DARJEELING: The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) today 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.
"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 here.
"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 dialogue cannot be opened? I met Union home minister and some BJP leaders," Giri, who visited Delhi recently, said.
The hills have been on the boil since June 8 following the agitation spearheaded by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) demanding Gorkhaland. The agitation has also led to widespread violence, claiming two lives.