Exhausting all options, LTTJAC approaches SC with LT seat petition

Gangtok, 14 Feb:

Limboo Tamang Tribal Joint Action Committee has asserted that after not getting justice from any quarter, the committee has finally approached the Supreme Court on Assembly seat reservation issue for the two communities. The committee has expressed hope that the Limboos and Tamangs will contest the upcoming election from their own seats.

The petition in the Supreme Court was filed by members of the committee on 15 January and the court admitted the case after a hearing on 11 February. The five petitioners are Adeep Tamang, Saman Prasad Subba Limboo, Surendra Moktan, Dhan Rup Limboo and Binod Yonzon and the four respondents named in the petition are the Union of India, State of Sikkim, Delimitation Commission and Election Commission of India.

The petitioners have prayed to the court “to issue a writ of mandamus or any other suitable writ, order or direction in the nature of mandamus directing the Respondent No 1 to take appropriate steps to amend Section 7 (1-A) in the Representation of Peoples Act, 1950 and Section 5 A of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 providing for reservation of Scheduled Tribes name ‘Limboo’ and ‘Tamang’ in the legislative Assembly of Sikkim in accordance with law.”

The petition has also prayed to direct the State Government to implement whatever steps the Centre takes pertaining to reservation of ST, Limboo and Tamang in the State Assembly, direct the Delimitation Commission to issue a final notification giving effect to reservation in the Legislative Assembly seats in the State for reservation of Scheduled Tribe Limboo and Tamang seats based on the 2011 census data and also direct the Election Commission of India to take appropriate steps accordingly.

Addressing a press conference here today, LTTJAC president, SP Subba, stated that the committee has taken all possible steps and reached out to all concerned sides to get the political rights of Limboos and Tamangs and when none of these avenues led anywhere, approached the Supreme Court.

Mr Subba accused the State government of not having the political will to secure seat reservation for Limboos and Tamangs and said that the State government should have passed a resolution exclusively for LT seats in the State Assembly and sent it to the Centre.

LTTJAC treasurer cum spokesperson, Adeep Tamang informed that the Committee has also submitted a memorandum to the President, Prime Minister and Union Home Minister on 17 January with a request to give five seats to Limboo and Tamang through a Presidential Ordinance.

He mentioned that the stand of the committee was to provide five seats to Limboos and Tamangs from the existing 32 seats in the State Assembly.