Don't resort to violence, have dialogue: Rajnath to GJM protesters

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NCP leader Majeed Memon told ANI. Meanwhile, invitations were sent out to different political parties of the Hills for tomorrow'sall party meeting, in which JAP president Harka Baharur Chettri was also invited. It is the responsibility of the Centre to intervene to maintain peace in Darjeeling, ?

As Darjeeling remained on the boil over a separate statehood agitation, Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday appealed to protesters not to resort to violence and, instead, hold dialogue to resolve any issue.

Rajnath took to Twitter and informed that Mamata had apprised her of the situation prevailing in Darjeeling. Asserting that the GJM did not want to be "pawns" in Centre-state politics and that his party would not talk to Mamata Banerjee, Rai reminded the Central government that the GJM was an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, and that it had contributed two MPs to the National Democratic Alliance.

"Appealing for peace, the Union Minister tweeted:" I appeal to the people living in Darjeeling and nearby areas to remain calm and peaceful.

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"In a democracy like India resorting to violence would never help in finding a solution".

Amid unrest in Darjeeling over the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's demand for a separate Gorkhaland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday arrived at Kolkata airport to leave for the Netherlands where she will be addressing the Public Service Day of United Nations on June 22 at Hague. "Nobody should resort to violence".

"A total of 36 police personnel were injured in the clashes on June 17, and many of them by the stones thrown by GJM agitators", said Siddhinath Gupta, additional director general of police.

The GJM announced an indefinite strike from Monday encompassing Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts and the Dooars protesting against Mamata Banerjee's decision to make Bengali language compulsory in state-run schools. Regarding the situation in Darjeeling, the Chief Minister said, "Duties have been evenly distributed to everybody".

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