Centre willing to give LT seats but State has to prepare formula: Sikkim BJP in-charge

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 13:15 [IST]

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Centre willing to give LT seats but State has to prepare formula: Sikkim BJP in-charge

KUNAL RAI
GANGTOK:
Newly appointed Sikkim BJP in-charge Dr. Sakunta Majumdar on Monday said the Sikkim government needs to prepare and submit a formula on the Limboo-Tamang Assembly seat reservation to the Centre.
The Centre is willing to resolve the issue but the State government has to prepare a formula for it in a manner which does not hamper the existing structure while giving justice to the two communities, said Dr. Majumdar, also the BJP MP from Balurghat, West Bengal.
Speaking with media here, Dr. Majumdar repeated that BJP-led Centre is willing to give Limboo-Tamang seats in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly as these two communities had been accorded tribal status during the previous Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 2002-03.
So far the seats have not come and both sides have to sit down for talks, especially the State government to create a formula, said Dr. Majumdar. Once it is done, the issue would be solved, he said.
To a question on Centre’s responsibility to provide Limboo-Tamang seats, the Sikkim BJP in-charge maintained that it is the duty of the State cabinet to prepare the seat formula. We are in the alliance (with the SKM government) but we are not in the cabinet, he said. He expressed confidence on Chief Minister P.S. Golay, whom he met on Sunday here, to prepare the formula which will resolve the long pending issue.
Since being notified as STs in 2002-03, the Limboo and Tamang communities of Sikkim have not got political reservation as there are no ST seats in the 32-seater Sikkim Legislative Assembly. The previous SDF government had submitted a proposal to the Centre for expanding the House to 40 seats wherein five seats would be reserved for the two communities.
Asked about the pending demand of tribal status for the 11 left-out communities of Sikkim, Dr. Majumdar said talks are going on the demand. We are hopeful that our Prime Minister and other party leaders will be able to address this demand quickly, he said.
Dr. Majumdar had arrived at Gangtok on Sunday to take stock of the BJP organisational activities in Sikkim and have interactions with the party functionaries. BJP as an organisation is expanding in Sikkim with the membership increasing to around 55,000, he said. I will work with State BJP president D.B. Chauhan and other functionaries to strengthen the party further in Sikkim, he said.
Regarding his meeting with the Chief Minister, the Sikkim BJP in-charge said it was a brief meeting. The Chief Minister has assured to work jointly for the development and welfare of Sikkim and its people, he said. He added that the SKM-BJP alliance is for the holistic development of Sikkim.
Asked on GJM leader Bimal Gurung quitting the BJP alliance and offering support to TMC in 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, Dr. Majumdar said he is unaware about the actual reason for the step taken by Gurung. However, one thing is sure that BJP is for the people of Darjeeling hills and will fulfil the long pending demand of a permanent political solution as mentioned in the party’s election manifesto, he said.
Dr. Majumdar added that people of Darjeeling hills are with the BJP as they have faith on the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is only the BJP which can resolve long pending issues like of Jammu & Kashmir, he said. In coming months, a big development is taking place in Darjeeling hills, he added.

Pic: Dr. Sakunta Majumdar accompanied by State BJP president D.B. Chauhan speaking to media. SE Pic

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi