BL representatives should make their stand clear on assembly seat issue: BLPF

Gangtok, May 12:

A meeting was organised by Bhutia Lepcha Protection Force (BLPF) at BL house to discuss on recent news of MHA's nod on seat increase from 32 to 40 seats in the Sikkim legislative assembly. The meeting discussed on immature statement given by Governor of Sikkim on 5th May 2018 at the Sikkim summit for tribal status 2018 where he forgot the BL minority issues, he is ignoring the constitutional provision enshrined in the Article 371F, informs the press release. The meeting also discussed on fact sheets of BL issue and seat representation in SLA.

The meeting condemned Forest minister's Facebook post on 8th May 2018 regarding the seat reservation issue where he has openly supported by writing "good news for Sikkim, Live and let live ", against seat increase from 32 to 40 seats where he must not forget that he has filed his candidature from the BL reserved seat. Doesn't he know that if seat is increased from 32 to 40 and if BL seat is not proportionately increased then BL seat percentage will reduce from 37.5% to 30%, the release added.

The meeting also condemned Chief Minister PawanChamling for not making his stand clear and still silent on questions asked on 1st May 2006 vide letter no. DO No.IV/11015/1/2005-CSR-II , where in in Para 3 it has mentioned, State government may give their clear view whether seats for BL should be proportionately increased if the size of the assembly seat is increased from 32 to 40, if not, Why not. The meeting also wholeheartedly demands BL representatives to make their stand clear on this undeniable important assembly seat issue or else they should resign from MLA's post on moral ground.

The meeting resolved to assemble again after two weeks and address the future course of action.