Gangtok, 10 Dec:
Hamro Sikkim Party working president, Bhaichung Bhutia, has urged the State government to extend the Inner Line Permit regime to Sikkim and thus secure exemption from the Citizen [Amendment] Bill. If Delhi does not agree, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha should immediately pull out of the NDA.
“We are deeply disappointed with the CAB. The bill has not excluded Sikkim compared to other northeast states like Nagaland, Meghalaya and few others. We wanted Sikkim also to be mentioned in writing on the bill like other north east states,” an HSP press release states.
The release adds that the Home Minister has mentioned that CAB will not affect States having Article 371.
“There is a difference between 371 and 371F. Article 371 does not have a separate constitution but Article 371F does have. This Bill is surely a way of diluting Article 371F in the longer run,” the release adds.
He adds that despite the Chief Minister and Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim claiming to have fought for getting Sikkim excluded from CAB, “result has not been fruitful.”