Kunga Nima threatens legal action if Dahal does not prove how SKM MLAs have thwarted LT seats


Gangtok, 09 Feb:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha acting president, Shyari MLA Kunga Nima Lepcha, has challenged Sikkim Democratic Front party spokesperson, Bhim Dahal, to prove his allegation that SKM MLAs were responsible for the delay of securing seat reservation for Limboos and Tamangs within 24 hours.

He has threatened to take legal action against Mr Dahal if he fails to prove his allegations within the stipulated time frame.

Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Lepcha demanded that the ruling party spokesperson prove his allegations or face the legal challenge.

He insisted that SKM has been working for the immediate reservation of seats for LTs in the State Assembly. He informed that SKM MLAs have been requesting the Centre for an early resolution to the reservation demand and added that the Sangha MLA even requested the Prime Minister on 16 April 2018 to bring a Bill in Parliament for Limboo and Tamang seats.

The condemnation was also echoed by SKM vice-president Birendra Tamling who has counter alleged that the SDF government was fully responsible for the delay instead.

On the same, he claimed that the State government had not shown any interest when the Delimitation Commission asked the State government about LT seats during the delimitation of constituencies process in 2006.

He added that the SDF government has not passed any resolution on the seat reservation issue in the State Assembly to send to the Centre till date.

Mr Tamling stated that state government has not been sincere on the seat reservation issue. He informed that in a letter to the Union Home Minister in 2007, the Chief Minister requested that LT seats be carved out from the existing 32 seats and now seeking the Assembly strength to 40 to accommodate LT seats was only interim relief.