Gangtok, 19 Jan:
Save Sikkimese Soul, an organization which has protested the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 believing it to be detrimental to the interests of Sikkim and the Sikkimese, has demanded that Sikkim Democratic Front and the North-East Democratic Alliance clarify their stand on this with respect to Sikkim at the earliest.
An SSS press release states that SDF and BJP should respect the sentiments of Sikkimese people and uphold the sanctity of Article 371F which guarantees special status to the Sikkimese, an identity, which SSS remains convinced, jeopardizes this privilege.
The release draws attention to the recent assurance made by BJP general secretary to the people of Assam and other northeastern states that Assam Accord which assures that the rights and interests of the Assamese people will be respected in letter and in spirit.
The SDF, however, has gone ahead and supported the Bill even in the Rajya Sabha, the release adds.
It rues that Mr Madhav’s reassurance makes no mention of respecting provisions of Article 371F of the Constitution of India.
The organization is clearly not comfortable with the situation and has demanded that SDF and BJP come clean on their stand on the issue and explain how Sikkim’s interests will not be compromised by the amendment.