Gorkha Jagaran Sangh dares open debate on its PIL

Gorkha Jagaran Sangh
Tue, Aug 13, 2019

DICHEN ONGMU
GANGTOK:
The Sikkim Gorkha Jagaran Sangh (SGJS) which has filed a PIL in the Sikkim High Court seeking proportionate seat reservation in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly today informed that the sixth hearing of the case was held today and the next hearing has been scheduled on November 4, later this year.
Addressing media at Press Club of Sikkim here today, SGJS president Balbir Tamang informed that the case was adjourned today as the State government could not give their reply.
“During one hearing of this case, the State government in its reply said our demand is not maintainable and also questioned as why did not we include Governor as a respondent. We filed a rejoinder asking the Governor to join us but under Article 361 of the Constitution, the Governor is not allowed to attend the court. However, the State government was questioned back, as why did they insisted us in bringing the Governor despite of knowing what Article 361 says. Unfortunately they fail to reply and the case got yet another date,” informed Tamang.
The Sangh president further maintained that the PIL is not against any community of the State but in favour of every Sikkimese citizen.
“We are being tagged as anti Bhutia-Lepcha but we are not against anyone. We are working for the welfare of everyone as a whole. Every community should get equal rights and opportunities where Sikkim lacks hence we are voicing it out as democracy means equality and justice to all,” he added. Tamang also condemned Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SIBLAC) chief convenor Tseten Tashi Bhutia’s recent comment on the case claiming he has blatantly lied.
“Some are simply trying to divert the minds of Sikkimese for their personal interest by tagging us wrong and against the Sikkimese janta. We call them for an open debate with us anywhere in the State for further discussion on the issue raised,” added Tamang.


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