The principal advisor on Sunday met Union Minister Rajnath Singh wherein the latter asked the stakeholders to find a solution to resolve the issue.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
"I am concerned about the developments in Darjeeling and the loss of valuable lives and suffering of people over the past 60 days, which pains me immensely".
Amid protests, Gorkha Janmukhti Morcha (GJM) leaders today made a decision to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday.
Two vehicles were set ablaze by the Gorkhaland agitators in the Darjeeling hills on Wednesday amidst special security arrangements as the indefinite shutdown called by the GJM entered its 56th day.
"I appeal to GJM and all other stakeholders to call off the hunger strike, and also to withdraw the bandh call..." Singh also appealed to the state government to initiate dialogue with Gorkhaland leaders to resolve their demands, the official said. "As we are yet to get the fixed time to meet the Home Minister, but we will meet him any time in the day", he said.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) took out rallies in various parts of the hills demanding restoration of the Internet services, which remain banned in the hills since 18 June, and an immediate withdrawal of police from Darjeeling. "The state is suppressing our democratic movement", Thapa said.
Leaders from the three outfits were invited for a meeting by the home minister to find a solution to the prevailing situation which has paralysed life in the hill district for almost two months now. "We urged him to start the process for a separate state. We all are aware of the strategic importance of the locality and the challenges that we face in the region", he said. The coordination committee, a conglomerate of Darjeeling parties leading the strike, had earlier said it would continue the agitation for a separate state and sought central intervention to break the logjam.
GJM chief Bimal Gurung and General Secretary Roshan Giri were expected to meet Rajnath Singh but did not turn up.