Gangtok, 01 Dec:
Hamro Sikkim Party filed a petition in the Supreme Court on 29 Nov seeking removal of the word ‘immigrant’ used in reference to Sikkimese Nepalese in a judgement of the Supreme Court made in the 1990s.
In a press statement issued today, HSP points out that the ‘immigrant’ tag has been used for Sikkimese Nepalese since 1992 [when the judgment was pronounced].
“The Sikkim Democratic Front and other parties and leaders have made this an emotional issue to serve their political interests. No practical initiative was taken to remove such a tag and hence, HSP has moved the Supreme Court to do so,” the release adds.
Apart from HSP vice president Bhaichung Bhutia, other petitioners are Dr Bina Basnet, Biraj Adhikari and DS Limboo. They will be returning to Sikkim on 02 Dec.
HSP workers will be welcoming them at Rangpo and the party has appealed to all non-political and political organisations as well as the public to attend the function.