New Delhi, Jagran Bureau. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asked the Bengal government to send senior officials to present their stand on the Darjeeling problem. After listening to the Gorkha delegation on Tuesday, Shah said that after Diwali, talks will be held again in November to hear Bengal’s side. In Tuesday’s meeting, he expressed displeasure over the Chief Local Commissioner being sent by Bengal.

Gorkha delegation presented its stand before Shah

A senior home ministry official said a tripartite meeting was called to resolve the long-standing Darjeeling problem. Gorkha delegation led by Darjeeling MP Raju Bisht was present in it. Shah listened to them carefully, but the Chief Local Commissioner present on behalf of Bengal could not present the side of the state government. Shah said that it is necessary to know the side of the Bengal government in this matter and for this a meeting will be held again in November.

Asked to send senior officers from Bengal in November

Actually, on behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Bengal government was asked to send the Chief Secretary to the meeting, but the state government expressed its inability to do so, citing Durga Puja. Explaining the importance of this meeting on the Darjeeling issue, a senior official said that for the first time after 2017 a tripartite meeting was called at the Home Minister level. Earlier in 2017, the then Home Minister Rajnath Singh had called a tripartite meeting. At that time, due to the strong stand of the Gorkhas and the state government, the matter could not move forward. Now Amit Shah himself has taken the initiative to resolve the problem through dialogue by calling all the parties.

Edited By: Arun Kumar Singh