Hunger Strike by Monks Continue in Sikkim - NorthEast Today



2016-7-18



The hunger strike by monks demanding that the Karmapa be allowed to visit Sikkim reached into its eighth day at the BL House complex. Monks of Ralang, Phodong and Rumtek monasteries have announced that they will intensify their agitation if Karmapa is not allowed to visit the state by 6th August.
The monks stated that not a single representative from the government has bothered to pay a visit to the protest site and instead an effort was made to politicize the issue. They alleged that the recently appointed chairman Acharya Tshering Lama of Ecclesiastical Affairs Department, who was given the responsibility of welcoming Karmapa to Sikkim is doing anti social activities in Karmapa’s monastery visit programme at the village level.
Further, they said that the Sangha MLA was being ignored in the whole process and a divisive campaign was being carried out by the government. The monks also said that they will not be held responsible if any social unrest is caused due to this.

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