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CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to urgently convene a tripartite meeting of the central and Bengal governments and the leaders of the Gorkha Territorial Administration, who have been protesting for a separate Gorkhaland.
Calling the situation in West Bengal's Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts "grave" as eight people have died in the ongoing protest, the Communist Party of India-Marxist chief said that urgent intervention is required.
"It is clear that the restoration of peace and normalcy in the area can happen only through a dialogue for which the process of talks between the three parties that created the GTA must immediately begin," said Yechury in the letter to Singh.
He said: "Under these circumstances I am urging you to urgently convene a tripartite meeting of representatives of the Central government, the state government and the leaders of the movement to restore peace and normalcy in the region."