Monks on Governor’s door with Karmapa demand - Sikkim Express



PANKAJDHUNGEL


GANTOK, September 10: Scores of monks staged a sit-in outside the Raj Bhawan gate here today seeking to meet Governor Shrinwas Patil and reiterate their demand that the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje be allowed to visit Sikkim.

The demonstration outside the Raj Bhawan gate lasted for nearly three hours after which a 10-member delegation was granted appointment with the Governor.

Some monks, among those who have been on a relay hunger strike at BL House, Tibet Road here with the demand since the past 63 days, later met the Governor and placed their memorandum. Sangha MLA Sonam Lama and SIBLAC convenor Chewang Lama was also part of the delegation of monks under Denjong Lhadey’s banner.

“We called on the Governor to know about the progress in our demand. He has given positive assurances,” said Lama to reporters.

According to Lama, the delegation sought details of actions taken by the Governor’s office on the demand among other issues discussed during the hour-long meeting.

The decision to meet the Governor was taken as the State government has failed to act on the demand, added the Sangha MLA.

The relay hunger strike by the Buddhist monks would continue until a concrete assurance is given by the Centre on the Karmapa demand, it was informed.





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