Sangha MLA meets MOS Rijiju over Karmapa visit - Sikkim Express
GANGTOK, December 13: Sangha MLA Sonam Lama led a delegation of monks from Phodong and Ralong Monasteries to a meeting with Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju regarding the visit of the Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorji’s visit to Sikkim. Lama said he discussed the issue today and would hold detailed discussion with the minister and other officials in New Delhi tomorrow.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has also invited the Karmapa to visit Sikkim on the occasion of Kagyed Chaam to bless devotees at Phodong Monastery and Ralong Monastery on December 26 and 27 respectively.
Chamling in his letter to the Karmapa’s office said the devotees in Sikkim have been eagerly waiting for his visit. “The State government has left no stone unturned in pursuing the matter of the Karmapa’s safe entry to Sikkim. We are certain that our request will be considered positively as assured by the government of India, a few months ago,” said Chamling in his letter.
Meanwhile, sources privy to the Karmapa’s office at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh told SIKKIM EXPRESS that no such decision regarding the visit has been taken till now. The Karmapa had visited Arunachal Pradesh last week.