Protesting monks of Denzong Lhadey awaits decision of the Union Government for permission to Karmapa to visit Sikkim - The Sikkim Tribune
TST Reporter (Pappu Mallick)
Gangtok, May 25: With the Central Government considering lifting travel restrictions on 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, protesting monks of Denzong Lhadey expressed their joy at BL House, Tibet road in Gangtok. Sangha MLA Sonam Lama who addressed the members of the press expressed that the Cabinet Committee on Security will take the decision in their favour.
The restriction is being proposed to be lifted to all parts of the country barring Rumtek Monastery, East Sikkim. Sangha MLA in his address stated, "MHA has proposed for the restriction to be lifted to the CCS who are still considering the decision. But based on the assurance given to us by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his visit last week, we are hopeful that the decision will be in our favour. Our demand still sticks to Karmapa being allowed to visit the State. We are unsure about his visit to Rumtek Monastery from being considered, but we are hopeful that the visit to the State will be allowed".
Praising the proposal by the MHA, Sangha MLA stated, "Our faith in Karmapa and the trouble we have taken for the past 23 years including the recent agitation which blocked the National Highway 10, was considered by the Home Minister. He received multiple memorandums from us, he was aware of our hunger strike and the protests we carried out in New Delhi and twice in Gangtok, seeing all of the issues, he assured us of consideration during his recent visit to the State".
"BJP government has been generous to us before as well, it happened during the time of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee. The current government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi upholds religion over politics, hence we are hopeful that the issue will be resolved soon", he added.
Sangha MLA also highlighted how they held talks with Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu during his recent visit to the State. Arunachal Pradesh played host to Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in December at Tawang Monastery. "Arunachal Chief Minister also assured us of support and holding talks with the central ministry over the issue", added Sangha MLA.
Protesting Monks of Denzong Lhadey have been on relay hunger strike for 321 days so far.