SDF responsible for delay in permission for Karmapa’s visit: BJP

Gangtok, 02 Apr:

Bharatiya Janata Party Sikkim Pradesh has alleged that Sikkim Democratic Front is trying to politicize the Karmapa issue and take all credit for the approval of his visit to Sikkim granted by the Centre.

A BJP press release alleges that the SDF government had written a letter to the Centre in 1997 stating that Karmapa was a Chinese agent but is now trying to take credit for his arrival. The party further alleges that the objectionable letter of SDF was responsible for the Centre taking this long to allow the Karmapa to visit Sikkim.

Meanwhile, BJP Sikkim has expressed its deep gratitude to the Modi Government for granting permission for 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje to visit Sikkim. The party has also congratulated the Karmapa's followers, Buddhist monks and the people who have been waiting for 25 years for his arrival in the State.