Darjeeling, Sept 26: After 104 days, the ongoing strike was withdrawn in Darjeeling region. The Gorkhaland Janmukti Morcha (GJM) faction led by Binay Tamang called off the protests, hours after insistence by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.Also Read - Bucket List These Lesser-Known Road Trip Destinations to Explore With Your Squad This Friendship Day
Rajnath, earlier in the day, appealed the GJM to withdrawn the ongoing strike in the Hills. He also tasked the Union Home Secretary Rajeev Gauba to call an official-level meeting to discuss the issues raised by GJM with all parties involved. Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown Update: Darjeeling Issues Fresh Notice For Passengers Travelling From Sikkim
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“I appeal to the GJM and its leader Bimal Gurung to withdraw the ongoing bandh and to help create a conducive atmosphere for allowing normalcy to return to the area, particularly in view of the festival season,” he said, adding that only talks could offer a solution under a democratic setup.
The indefinite strike was called since June 12, after the West Bengal police raided the office and residence of GJM chief Bimal Gurung.
The protesters, who had earlier sought the retraction of state government’s order making Bengali a compulsory subject for schools in the Hills, switched to the demand of a separate Gorkhaland following the raids on Gurung.
After months of deadlock, the first thaw emerged after the GJM faction led by rebel leader Binay Tamang attended the meeting called by Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to resolve the crisis.
With the faction led by Tamang entering into talks with the CM, the state government decided to formed a constitutional body comprising of nine-members, and replacing it with the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). The group has been accorded with the same powers as the now-defunct GTA. Tamang was appointed as its president, and another GJM rebel Amit Thapa as the vice president respectively.
With situation returning towards normalcy, the administration decided to lift restrictions on mobile internet services, which were banned in Darjeeling and Kalimpong since June 18.