CM, MP stand on LT Seat not clear, placing demands without formula: Tshong
Gangtok, Jan 10
Limboo Tamang Voluntary Committee [LTVC] asserted that Sikkim Krantikari Morcha should remind its promise to immediately reserve seats for Limboo-Tamang in the State Assembly in its election manifestos. The organization expressed that the silence of SKM on this issue has created doubtful atmosphere within LT communities. The organization has asserted that SKM should place its clear stand on LT seat reservation with formula to take forward this issue.
Addressing a press conference here today, LTVC president, Yehang Tshong stated that LTVC had given time of 100 days to newly formed SKM government to initiate the basic procedure for LT seat reservation. He added that the organization has also met and submitted memorandum to few SKM Ministers after election and had submitted a copy of memorandum that was earlier submitted to SKM president PS Golay before election. On the same, requested Ministers to come out with solution for LT seat reservation in Sikkim Legislative Assembly at the earliest. He mentioned that seven months of SKM government has witnessed Monsoon & Winter Parliament Session, By-election and many state assembly sessions but it was disappointing not to hear a single word for LT seat reservation issue inside Parliament as well as in Sikkim Legislative Assembly.
Mr Tshong stated that although the Chief Minister and Ministers and MP from Sikkim have placed LT seat reservation issues in the Centre and leaders but without any formula. He added that there was no meaning to place the demand without giving any formula. On the same, he demanded that the State government should give its clear stand with formula in LT seat reservation issue to raise this issue in the State Assembly and the Parliament. He informed that SKM MLA, KN Lepcha had brought a private member bill on LT seat reservation from existing 32 seats in the last government and it was supported by another SKM MLA, Sonam Lama. On the same, he suggested that SKM government now should pass this formula to reserve seats for LT from the existing 32 seats.
Mr Tshong mentioned that LT seat reservation issue was a Parliamentary subject but it was saddening and disheartening that Sikkim MP did not raise LT seat reservation issue inside the Parliament along with other issues of Sikkim during this Winter Parliament Session. He added that it was MP’s duty to raise LT seat reservation issue inside the Parliament and also with Ministry of Home Affairs with formula and clear the stand of SKM party on LT seat reservation issue like former Lok Sabha MP PD Rai, who demanded LT seat reservation to be done on the basis of Burman Commission and made SDF party’s stand public.
Mr Tshong stated that LT seat reservation was a burning issue for SKM party before the election and the issue also helped the party to bring the Parivartan in the State. However, the silence of SKM party on this election after the election has created doubtful atmosphere within LT communities. He added that SKM party had always been sympathetic towards LT communities’ constitutional rights and had frequently raised LT seat reservation issue during previous SDF Govt’s tenure by demanding to reserve LT seat from 32.
Mr Tshong informed that along with other organizations SKM party had also organized meetings and rallies for LT seat reservation issue as Limboo-Tamang seat Arakshan Yatra on 26 June in year 2018 which was led by Sangha MLA Sonam Lama and even promised to resolve LT seat reservation issue within 10 days after forming new govt. “LTVC would like to remind SKM party their 2019 election manifesto promise by the name of Sikkim that until and unless we do not bring seat reservation for the deprived LT communities in SLA we won’t take rest,” he said.
Mr Tshong informed that SKM party had also formed a 10-member committee on LT seat reservation in December 2018 but the report of the committee has not been made public till date. He further questioned on the necessary steps and action has been initiated till date and what formula has been framed and adopted by this 10-members committee formed by SKM party to look into LT seat issue.
“It’s time for SKM led new government to prove their sincerity towards their given promise to LT communities for LT seat reservation. LTVC demands SKM government to address and resolve the LT seat reservation issue at the earliest with formula and pass it from Sikkim Legislative Assembly like they had promised before 2019 election,” he said. He added that there should be no problem for SKM as they are in alliance with BJP in both State and Center and even BJP has mentioned to resolve LT seat reservation issue in their 2019 election manifesto.
Mr Tshong expressed that LT communities will not wait for another 5 years and if LT seat issue was not addressed at the earliest then it would be a great betrayal for LT communities and another curse for SKM party. He expressed that LTVC still hopes SKM government will live up to their promises and assurances given to LT communities and solve the issue without further delay. He said LTVC has been committed for the survival of LT communities and will not compromise with their Constitutional rights guaranteed by the Constitution of India at any cost.