No question of Darjeeling merger with Sikkim: Golay

Thu, Aug 8, 2019

Amid demands by certain pro-merger outfits that Darjeeling should be merged with Sikkim as a permanent political solution, Sikkim Chief Minister P.S. Golay today made it clear that Sikkim is a separate State and there was no way Darjeeling could be merged with the State.
“There is no question of Darjeeling being merged with Sikkim, as our State is protected under Article 371 F of the Constitution. Also, our State was formed after its merger with the Indian union through a separate tripartite agreement way back in 1975, and we have a separate status,” Golay told reporters here today.
The Chief Ministeradded the Central government’s ‘One-Nation One-Law’ policy will not have an impact on the special status enjoyed by the Himalayan Statein any way.
On the tribal status demand, being pursued by leaders in both Darjeeling and Sikkim, Golay said the left-out communities should also be given the same facilities as the other tribal communities in the region. “We have been raising this issue even when ourparty Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, was in the opposition in Sikkim,” he said.
Earlier, asked on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the Sikkim Chief Minister reiterated his complete support to the Centre government’s decision.

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