SC notices to Centre and State on LT seat demand

Gangtok, 11 Feb:

The Supreme Court today issued notices seeking responses from the Union and Sikkim Government on seat reservation for Limboos and Tamangs in the Legislative Assembly by virtue of their having become Scheduled Tribes. The notices were issued following a petition filed by Adeep Tamang, Saman Prasad Subba Limboo, Surendra Moktan, Dhan Rup Limboo and Binod Yonzon, all reportedly members of the Sikkim Limboo–Tamang Tribal Joint Action Committee.

They have approached the Supreme Court seeking its intervention for early resolution of seat reservation for Scheduled Tribes and for directions to the respondents to amend Section 7(1A) of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1950 and Section 5A of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 to provide for seat reservations for the two communities.

The division bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice S Abdul Nazeer heard the petition today and directed that notice be issued directing the respondents viz. Home Ministry, Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim; Delimitation Commission and Election Commission of India to file their responses to the said election writ petition within six weeks.

The petitioners have also sought that directions be issued to the Delimitation Commission to issue a final notification giving effect to the reservation in the Legislative Assembly Seats based on the 2011 census data.

According to the petition, as per Census 2011, there are 53,703 Limboos and and 37,696 Tamangs in Sikkim totaling 91,399 and constituting 15% of the population here. On this basis, the two two tribes are entitled to get 5 seats (15% of the 32 seats) in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly.