DenzongLhadey calls off relay hunger strike after 707 days

Gangtok, 16 Jun:

Thank You Meet [KadinGahJom] of the DenzongLhadey has thanked the Central Government and its leaders for granting permission to the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa OgyenTrinleyDorje to visit Sikkim.

A programme was organised today at BL House on Tibet Road wherein the DenzongLhadey also unanimously decided to call off the relay hunger strike by monks today, on its 707th day. The strike has been called off following the request of the Union Home Minister, it was informed. The relay hunger strike was started on 10 July in 2016.

The monk body thanked all monks, dharma devotees, individuals and organisations for their constant and unconditional support.

The programme was attended by heads and monks from different monasteries from across the State, members of various social organisations along with presidents and representatives of different regional and national political parties.

The programme has also adopted two resolutions. The first reads, “In view of the final clearance granted by the Cabinet Committee on Security of the Government of India that enable free movement of HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa OgyenTrinleyDorje across India, we, the Sikkimese monks and monasteries unanimously resolve to extend our gratitude to the Government of India for this most compassionate gesture. We further express out indebt thanks to all those dharma devotees, organizations and individuals, both within and outside Sikkim who have extended their unconditional support in all manners at the time of need.”

The second resolution reads, “Panchayati Raj system is the basic talisman to ensure a welfare State in any society. It in fact is the spinal cord for a functional democracy. In Sikkim there are 32 Assembly Constituency while the people belonging to the 31 Assembly constituencies have long been availing the fruition of the Panchayati Raj system. Unfortunately, the 32 Sangha Constituency has not been able to reap the fruition of Panchayati Raj system till date. Under the circumstances, we, the Sikkimese monks and monasteries resolve that the 32 Sangha Assembly constituency is immediately brought under the purview of Panchayati Raj system by bringing in necessary amendment to the existing Sikkim Panchayat Act thereby constituting three or a two tier Panchayat bodies for the 32 Sangha Constituency by instituting immediate delimitation.”

On behalf of all monks, the DenzongLhadey also felicitated Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama for his tireless and constant efforts in pursuing the acquiring of permission for Karmapa's visit to Sikkim.

DenzongLhadey coordinator, Chewang Lama expressed his gratitude to monks of different monasteries of the State for their constant and unconditional support to the demand. He added that the movement of monks led by the Sangha MLA, Sonam Lama with his honest and constant efforts has reached its logical end. He thanked the Centre and union leaders for granting the permission.

However, Mr Lama urged political parties of Sikkim to request the Central government to allow the Karmapa not only to visit Sikkim but also allow him to take his seat at Rumtek in the State.

In his address, Sangha MLA stated that the permission to the Karmapa to visit Sikkim was a long pending demand of the State and the Centre has finally relented due to the efforts of the people of Sikkim. He thanked regional and national political parties and social organisations of Sikkim for their unconditional support in pursuing the matter at the Centre.

Mr Lama thanked the Prime Minister NarendraModi, Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and Union Home Minister of State, KiranRijiju for fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Sikkim. He also thanked DenzongLhadey and monks of the State for their support and sacrifice for the cause.

He further informed that responding to an invitation fromDenzongLhadey, the Karmapa, in a letter dated 14 June, expressed that he wants to be with the people of Sikkim at the earliest and will consult with the Centre after returning to India from the United State of America. The letter was also read out during the programme.