RELAY HUNGER STRIKE ON KARMAPA DEMAND- Sikkim Express
GANGTOK, July 11: A day after holding a Gangtok rally demanding the Union government to allow the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim, monks have started a relay hunger strike here at BL House, Tibet Road seeking a Sikkim visit of their religious leader.
Seventeen monks along with Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee(SIBLAC) convener Tseten Tashi Bhutia are on the relay fast from a temporary shelter outside the BL House starting Monday. The relay hunger strike will continue till Drukpa Tsheshi which falls on August 6, it was informed.
The monks are demanding that the Karmapa is permitted to visit Rumtek, Ralong or Phodong monastery.
“The Karmapa is allowed to visit Mirik close to Sikkim but cannot come to his rightful throne here in Sikkim. We want the Union government to consider allowing him to visit one of three Kagyud monasteries in Sikkim on the holy occasion of Drukpa Tsheshi,” said the SIBLAC convener.
“We also thank Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for leading a delegation to New Delhi recently and submitting the demand on Karmapa to the Union government. We seelk support of all political parties and organizations so that the Karmapa demand is fulfilled,” said Tseten Tashi.