Chamling calls on Governor with appeal to exempt Sikkim from CAA

Gangtok, 20 Dec:

A delegation of Sikkim Democratic Front party, led by former Chief Minister and SDF president, Pawan Chamling, called on Governor of Sikkim, Ganga Prasad today at Raj Bhavan.

A press release informs, the delegation submitted a memorandum requesting for special exemption for the State of Sikkim from the extension and enforcement of the Citizenship [Amendment] Act, 2019 based on the special provision of Article 371F of the Constitution of India.

“The cause for apprehension which has been created in understanding of the matter among the people is because of the, “selective exemption of the extension and enforcement of the said Act” which has been provided to some of the North Eastern States namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and some areas of Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura based on the criteria such as, Tribal Autonomous District Council (TADC) and Inner Line Permit (ILP) which are constituted under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Whereas, Sikkim, which is also a part of the North Eastern States, has not been specifically referred to or mentioned as a State which falls under the exempted category or exempted from the extension and enforcement of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019,” the memorandum states.

The memorandum also expresses faith in the assurances given by the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister that Sikkim will be exempted from the purview of CAA.

Responding to the delegation, the Governor assured to take up the matter at the appropriate forum in the interest of Sikkim and its people.

In the meanwhile, the Governor has expressed his happiness and credited Sikkimese from all walks of life for maintaining peace, harmony and order in the State in the wake of prevailing nationwide stir related with Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.

He has further urged everyone to maintain brotherhood, harmony and peaceful co-existence which have remained the hallmark of Sikkimese way of life which will further safeguard the interest of the State and its people.