Darjeeling/Kolkata (Agencies): As the indefinite strike by GJM is showing no signs of relenting, Governor M K Narayanan on Friday sought political parties' help in restoring peace but did not favour army deployment in the strife-torn areas.

According to reports, shops and business establishments were closed and vehicles off the roads as government offices recorded practically no attendance.

All the tea gardens in the hills were also closed in response to the bandh, though the industry said it was not overly worried for the situation as yet. The GJM has exempted Census work and students appearing for examinations from the purview of the indefinite bandh.

Officials said the situation was now under control and no major untoward incident was reported since Wednesday.

Talking to mediapersons in Malda in north Bengal, Narayanan said all political parties should play a role in restoring peace in the Darjeeling Hills and the Dooars. However, he was not in favour of army deployment in the trouble-torn areas saying the situation there was "not so serious".

It may be noted here that the state government wants deployment of army there.

Meanwhile, the GJM again said that nothing short of Gorkhaland is now acceptable and there will be no discussion on interim set-up anymore.

In Kolkata, CPI-M politburo member Biman Bose alleged that the Trinamool Congress was behind the latest flare-up in Darjeeling hills as part of its 'design' to create lawlessness in West Bengal ahead of Assembly polls.

He alleged that Trinamool had been carrying on a "sustained and systematic politics of violence in the state, the latest being in Darjeeling".