Bhutia-Lepcha Delegation Meets Rajnath Singh, Ravi Kumar Prasad - NorthEast Today


September 29 2016



As reported earlier a Bhutia Lepcha delegation has been camping at New Delhi meeting various Central government ministers and submitting representations. Both the SKM MLAs are also in national capital. They have called upon Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Law Minister Ravi Kumar Prasad.
Karmapa’s visit to Sikkim, proportionate increase of BL seats in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly if its strength is expanded, early reservation of seats for Limboo Tamang Tribes and restoration of seats of the Sikkimese Nepalese in the SLA are some of their demands.
The Union Home Minister also discussed matters pertaining to the early arrival of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to Sikkim. He enquired about the possible locations where His Holiness can visit except Rumtek owing to the existing legal complications. He has further expressed his concerns on the health and physical states of the monks who are sitting at hunger strike at BL House, Gangtok since July 10, 2016 and has requested the monk community to maintain peace and calm.”
But after more than 80 days of dharna and relay hunger strike with no positive results, the protesting monks are now threatening to take to the streets after completion of 100 days. A meeting was called by Denzong Lhadey at Phodong monastery where the monks expressed their anguish over the State government’s indifferent attitude to their dharna. “We will wait till the hunger strike completes 100 days. If the State government fails to bring Karmapa to Sikkim within this time frame than we will come out into the streets,” they informed.
“People of Sikkim have waited for more than 16 years for Karmapa’s arrival. Both the State and Central government have been indifferent in handling the issue. Now we can go to any extent,” they added.

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