Limboo - Tamang seat reservation Controversy in Sikkim Legislative Assembly

Limboo - Tamang seat reservation Controversy in Sikkim Legislative Assembly
Limboo - Tamang seat reservation Controversy in Sikkim Legislative Assembly: The controversial issue of Limboo/Tamang seat reservation  came up in Sikkim Legislative Assembly amidst  much heat on the fourth day of the ongoing budget session with an Opposition MLA from Shyari Constituency raising the question in the house.
Kunga Nima Lepcha, MLA from Shyari, during the question hour, raised a question on why the state government has failed to provide seat reservation for the Limboo and Tamang communities in the Assembly despite the issue remaining alive for over a decade.
"A positive outcome should have ensued in twelve years. However, the letter to the Central Government to keep the seat reservation issue pending by the then chief secretary could have been the reason for the Limboo- Tamang communities remaining deprived of their legitimate political /constitutional rights, ” Mr Lepcha said.
In several political meetings, the Opposition leaders  keep claiming that a letter written by the former chief secretary, N.D Chingapa has kept the communities deprived of their political rights.
Defending the state government on the issue, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling stated, “The letter was forwarded to delimitation commission. However, the matter of depriving the Limboo- Tamang of seat reservation in the Assembly figured nowhere”. "The Opposition should stop misguiding the house, taking recourse to blatant lies and irresponsible statements. They should refrain from fomenting inter-communal discord," he said.
He further claimed, the Union Government had taken initiatives to grant seat reservation to the Limboo Tamang. " However, a case pending in the Supreme Court over the issue is stalling the process," the CM added.
The debate over the issue dragged on with the SKM Leader and Upper Burtuk MLA, P S Tamang known as Golay raising the issue, casting aspersions on the intention of  the Chief Minister. "Had he been sincere he would have demanded the reservation for Limboo- Tamang communities after they were bestowed with the ST status when the delimitation commission came to the state in 2005-2006. He could have even stalled the process if he was so willed. The letter has exposed the state government's intention-to keep the matter hang fire," added Golay.
Replying to the SKM leader, Mr Chamling stated, “Taking protests in my stride, I went ahead and secured tribal status for the Limboo- Tamang community and that proves my sincerity”.(sns)

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