Hill parties unite for Gorkhaland, adopt resolution for separate state amid unrest

Darjeeling protests Darjeeling agitation Darjeeling indefinite strike GJM Gorkhajanmukti Morcha Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Mamata Banerjee Centre on Darjeeling violence

Darjeeling protests Darjeeling agitation Darjeeling indefinite strike GJM Gorkhajanmukti Morcha Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Mamata Banerjee Centre on Darjeeling violence

She, however, said that the Centre did not seek any report on the Darjeeling situation from the state government. "If necessary, we are ready to offer all assistance", a home ministry official said. But things have changed following the indefinite bandh called by GJM in government offices in the hills from Monday.

As their indefinite shutdown entered its second day on Tuesday, protesters demanding a separate state of Gorkhaland hurled stones at the police at Chowkbazar area in Darjeeling after they were stopped from enforcing their shutdown in many government offices.

"We have unanimously chose to fight for the separate state of Gorkhaland".

The GJM want to set up their own state named Gorkhaland in the hill region which is now part of West Bengal. The party has also asked the GJM to quit all government posts ranging from Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, assembly or municipal bodies as well, according to the Indian Express. But, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha said: "We are not aware of any of our leaders attending any kind of all-party meet in Darjeeling". "But here they have vouched the demand of the GJM for a separate Gorkhaland", a political analyst said. "The people of the hills will not accept TMC's hegemony", he said. "It is the identity crisis which has initiated such violence", BJP state vice president Chandra Kumar Bose told ANI.

NLF has been spearheading the protests against the forced imposition of Bengali language on the hill people of West Bengal.

"My advice to Mamata Banerjee is please stay away from the hills".

After the GJM cadres clashed with the police following their protests against Mamata's visit to Darjeeling and her decision to make Bengali compulsory in syllabus of schools across the state, the Army was called in to control the situation. "She can do anything for the sake of cheap politics", he alleged. "Every year hundreds of youth from the hills join the Indian Army", he said.

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