Centre should open dialogue on Gorkhaland: GJM

The hills have been on the boil since June 8 following the agitation spearheaded by the GJM demanding Gorkhaland.

Published: 03rd July 2017 07:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd July 2017 07:48 PM   |  A+A-

Gorkha National Liberation Front spokesperson Neeraj Zimba speaks as Gorkha Janmukti Morcha general secretary Roshan Giri and other party leaders look on at a press conference in Darjeeling. | Express

By PTI

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.

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