Darjeeling violence: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, whose indefinite strike over the demand for Gorkhaland has affected daily life in scenic Darjeeling and other areas of the Hills, today called an all party meet. As the protests continued to rock the hills, BJP tore into Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress government over the issue. The ruling party at the Centre accused the state government of alienating Gorkhas and forcing the community to face an identity crisis. Meanwhile, agitation turned violent in Kalimpong and Darjeeling where security personnel resorted to baton charge to disperse the crowd. While, tourists continued to face hardships, Army was escorting their vehicles, as per ANI report. Meanwhile, a joint forum of tea garden workers called for a bandh on Tuesday in Terai and Dooars demanding raise in minimum wages.
BJP state vice president Chandra Kumar Bose said that Gorkhas belong to India, but the state government has alienated them to such an extent that they lost their belief of belonging to this country. It is the identity crisis which has initiated such violence, Bose was quoted as saying by ANI. He also criticised Left Front, which had ruled the state for 34 years for the current situation. Bose said that the issue cannot be solved by simply providing some funds and forming the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA).
Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan Varma said that that violence cannot be a solution to any problem including difference of opinion. Earlier on Monday, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) said that normalcy is returning in Darjeeling, as the strength of the force has been increased to tackle the indefinite strike called by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha for a separate Gorkhaland. Paramilitary jawans of the CRPF and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in Darjeeling in large numbers.
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CM Banerjee had said she would like to ask the people of the hills not to listen to a few leaders there and not allow them to disturb the peace.