Namchi, 05 Jul:

Chief Minister Pawan Chamling today said that Sikkim did not become a part of India to be sandwiched between China and West Bengal and suffer like it is suffering right now. In the midst of Indo-China conflict at the Nathu La border and unrest in West Bengal, Sikkim has become the scapegoat, he stated.

The CM was addressing the foundation stone laying function of the State's first government engineering college, Sikkim Institute of Science and Technology (SIST) coming up at Chisopani, South Sikkim.

He further informed that he is in constant touch with the Centre to ensure that NH10 remains open and will also approach the Supreme Court, if need be. He referred to the attacks on Sikkim vehicles in Siliguri and supply of essential commodities to the State being hampered.

"The peace and security in Sikkim is our contribution to the Nation. Water from our rivers goes to Bengal, Bihar but in return they are blocking our path," said the CM.

The CM also spoke about the adverse impact on tourism in Sikkim due to the unrest in West Bengal. However, he assured the public that the state government will ensure the safety of its people and property.

The CM further called upon the public to stand united in such times of turbulence.