Gangtok, Dec 18
Sikkim Republican Party president, KB Rai stressed that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 has already been implemented in the State of Sikkim and Article 371F cannot stop the CAA to Sikkim. He stressed that the State government should either push strongly to extend the Inner Line Permit in Sikkim in the Centre or get the tribal status for left-out communities to make Sikkim a Tribal-State and get the protection from the act.
Addressing a press conference here today, Mr. Rai stated that the recent press statement of the Political Secretary to the CM, Jacob Khaling was not satisfactory and clear to the people of Sikkim. He questioned that to what extent Article 371F has been successful to stop the central laws to get implemented in the State so far. He mentioned that despite of having Article 371F many central laws have already been extended to Sikkim so far. However, he mentioned that Article 371F can protect the old laws of Sikkim but cannot stop Indian citizen to live in Sikkim.
Mr. Rai mentioned that the CAA has already been implemented in the State so it cannot restrict Indian citizens to come to Sikkim on the basis of Article 371F and in the long run the original inheritance of Sikkim can come into a minority. He further stated that there were lots of possibilities for further increase of influx in the State and gradually take the political rights of the people of Sikkim in the future.
Sikkim Gorkha Jagaran Sangh president, Balbir Tamang questioned the state government on how was Article 371F was the blanket cover for Sikkim and how it can protect the CAA and other central laws to get implemented in Sikkim. He also asked the government to give its clear formula to protect Sikkim from the CAA.
Likewise, Raj Gadaily from Gorkha Apex Committee mentioned that GAC was the first organization which had tried to educate the people of Sikkim on the damages from the CAA even before political parties of Sikkim. “We cannot trust the verbal assurance of BJP, SKM or any other political parties on the CAA so now the people need to come forward to protest peacefully against the act,” he said.