LTVC to hold meet with reps of all political parties on LT seat issue

Gangtok, 12 Sept: Limboo Tamang Voluntary Committee [LTVC] is organising a meeting of representatives from all political parties and different organisations of Sikkim in a bid to secure a concrete outcome on the Limboo-Tamang seat reservation issue. The meet is scheduled for 16 Sept here at Chokasum in Nam Nang. An LTVC team recently called on representatives of all political parties and different organisations to invite their representation for the meet, it is informed. Addressing a press conference here today, LTVC president, Yehang Tshong, mentioned that LTVC has taken the initiative to unite all political parties and organisations of Sikkim to build consensus on the LT seat reservation issue in the Legislative Assembly SLA and for the protection of Article 371F of the Constitution. He informed that the organisation has approached all political parties, including the Sikkim Democratic Front, and different organisations and all have assured to attend the meeting. He added that any political party failing to attend the meeting will be considered anti-LT. He asserted that the time has come for the government to consult with all political parties and concerned stakeholders on this issue to bring out a solution at the earliest. Likewise, LTVC secretary, Sancha Kurumbang, mentioned that the two-month deadline of the Chief Minister has passed and still no seats have been reserved for LT in the State Assembly. He mentioned that on 07 July earlier this year, the CM had announced that the LT seats will be provided within one or two months for the coming 2019 Assembly elections. He also mentioned about a news report published in a national daily, The Hindu, on 11 Aug this year and by a local daily which mentioned that a senior Ministry Official of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will soon decide on the proposal. He informed that the report also stated that if approved, it will be the first expansion of the Assembly since Sikkim merged with India in 1975. It has also stated that the Home Ministry has moved the Union Cabinet to increase the number of seats in the Sikkim assembly from 32 to 40 and seats are being increased to accommodate the LT communities. On the same, Mr Kurumbang informed that on 10 Aug this year, LTVC president, Yehang Tshong, received a letter from Ministry of Home Affairs, NE Division, Government of India vide Order No, 9/6/2018-NE.II, dated 03.08.2018, addressed to Yehang Tshong and Deputy Secretary & CPIO, Legislative Department, ML&J, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi, SK Chitkra. The letter was related to latest status of LT seat reservation issue in SLA at Centre. He informed that the RTI order states that “The issue of reservation issue of seats for Limboo-Tamang community is ‘Under Examination’ in this Ministry [MHA]”. “Conclusion before us is that either the said RTI reply of MHA is wrong or the news article is false and paid news statement made by the State Government to mislead and fool the innocent members of the L&T communities,” he said. LTVC questioned if the State Government and SILTAC could share the latest LT seat status report in written documentation form received from the Centre to support their claims. The LTVC has requested the CM, the State Government and SILTAC to stop misguiding L&T communities by giving fake news as such types of assurances and promises are being heard since past 15 years from the CM and past three years from SILTAC. On the same, Mr Kurumbang stated that the issue of Limbu-Tamang political seats reservation in SLA has not been solved by the SDF government as both the State and Central political parties were playing with the sentiments of LT communities of Sikkim.