L – T seat reservation issue awaits Modi in Sikkim

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SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
19 Sep 2018

The Limboo Tamang Voluntary Committee (LTVC) has timed its strike call in Sikkim on September 25 to tally with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the State on September 23. LTVC has also managed to get the support of a number of other political parties in their demand for reserved seats for the Limboo and Tamang communities in the Sikkim Assembly.
Besides inaugurating the newly constructed Pakyong airport, Modi would also address a public meeting during his visit. LTVC is expecting to hear from the Prime Minister himself some assurance regarding reserved seats. With the Lok Sabha elections scheduled in 2019 and the ruling BJP at the Centre expected to face a tough contest from a united opposition, political parties believe this is the right time to apply pressure on the Centre. They also wanted the Sikkim Assembly to pass a fresh resolution on the subject.
LTVC president Yehang Subba admitted as much in a news conference last week when he said that by organizing the strike they just wanted to put some pressure on the government. Except the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front, most other political parties had attended a meeting that LTVC had convened last week on the L – T seat reservation issue. Among them were Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, Hamro Sikkim, Sikkim Republican Party, Sikkim United Front, Sikkim Sangram Parishad, Bharatiya Janta Party (Sikkim Chapter) and Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committe and besides organization like Denzong Sherpa Association, Gorkha Apex Committe, Bhutia Lepcha Protection Force, NASBO.
Besides SDF, the Sikkim Limboo Tamang Apex Committee is not with the movement of LTVC. While the position of SDF is that Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has already taken up with the Centre the issue of L – T seat reservation, SILTAC president C. B. Subba said last week that it was no use blaming the State Government since the issue in question was a Central subject.