Gangtok, 10 Dec:
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha today pointed out that it was the only regional party from the North East to have voted against the Citizenship [Amendment] Bill and “we will not give up our fight to work on excluding Sikkim from its purview.”
CAB was passed by the LokSabha late Monday evening by 311/80 votes. Parties from the North East like NDPP from Nagaland, MNF [Mizoram], NPF [Manipur] and NPP [Meghalaya] voted in favour of the Bill while SKM was the lone party from the North East to vote against despite being a member of the NDA.
Lok Sabha MP, Indra Hang Subba also spoke strongly in the Lok Sabha against the extension of the Bill to Sikkim before voting against it.
According to Citizenship Order 1975, Sikkimese Indian has been defined under Sikkim Subject Regulation Act of 1961, therefore, Sikkim should be exempted from CAB, said Mr Subba.
He further said, “From the Sikkimese people, from Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, I strongly oppose the implementation of Citizenship [Amendment] Bill in Sikkim and hence, the Bill.”
In a press release, the party has said that Chief Minister, P S Tamang has time and again requested the Centre to exempt Sikkim from CAB.
The party has informed that the CM wrote to Home Minister, Amit Shah on 05 Dec 2019 requesting for granting exemption to Sikkim from CAB.
In the letter, the CM has pointed out that the Government of India had granted citizenship to 75,000 Sikkim residents in 1989-90 who had been left out at the time of merger in 1975.
“It is in above backdrop and circumstances, we humbly beseech upon you to kindly keep the State of Sikkim exempted from the purview of both the Citizenship Amendment Bill and the National Register of Citizens, in order to dispel all the confusions and apprehension that has arisen across the State,” the letter states.
He has also invoked Article 371F and Inner Line Permit as ensuring the “common objective”.