Gorkhaland is not a solution for Darjeeling: GK Pillai

The strike continued even after the announcement was made that no such law was being imposed on hill districts by Mamata Banerjee. The state will also have to reconsider its rigid stand on the introduction of Bengali in schools in the Hills and the negative views it has about the people here. The indefinite strike in the hills would continue as a protest against the police high-handedness and atrocities on the people of the hills, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) Assistant Secretary Binay Tamang told IANS.The hill parties have agreed that the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state was a “priority”. “Let’s see how far we can go”, a young woman protestor told a TV channel. “But with the state, the condition would be that they withdraw all forces and allow normalcy to return and let the Centre initiate a dialogue process”, Rai said.Security forces were on high alert and internet services remained suspended, though no incidents of violence were reported in Darjeeling hills till 9.30 am today. Though the party supports the concept of small states in principle, demand for a separate Gorkhaland can not be divorced from security concerns stemming from the region being a border area.Rajnath Singh said he spoke to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Sunday morning and took stock of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling+.Regarding the situation in Darjeeling, she said, ” Duties have been evenly distributed to everybody.The next step of action for the revived movement of Gorkhaland will be discussed in the meeting.Forthcoming elections to hill council and involvement of militants from the northeast have been listed by the West Bengal government among the reasons responsible for the recent violence and indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling. An all-India, allparty delegation will soon meet PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi, he said. The BJP MP has not visited the city once since the crisis broke out.”We Want Gorkhaland”. They wanted Nepali language and their identity to be protected.According to sources in the Home Ministry, the West Bengal government’s report, received by it on June 17, stated these reasons among others as factors responsible for the violence in Darjeeling.