‘Limboo – Tamang seat reservation not progressing.’ says Voluntary Committee

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SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
27 Jul 2018

“It is saddening and disheartening to know that the Limboo – Tamang seat reservation Bill could not make its place with other Bills in this ongoing monsoon session of Parliament,” Limboo Tamang Voluntary Committee president Yehang Tsong said in Gangtok on Friday. “The government and the M.P.s had said that the Limboo – Tamang seat reservation Bill would be tabled in this Parliament session, but they have failed.”
He thought that the issue of seat reservation for the Limboo – Tamang communities must be settled within the ambit of Article 371F of the Constitution.
Wondering why M.P.s from Sikkim could not lobby in Delhi to ensure that the Bill on L – T seats was brought in Parliament, he said Parliament had met on a number of occasions since 2016 when the UnionHome Minister invited suggestions on the proposal to increasing the strength of the Sikkim assembly to 40 from the present 32.
On July 20 last, however, M. P. from Sikkim P. D. Rai raised in Lok Sabha the issue of L – T seat reservation issue, but when there was a no confidence motion against the Modi government.
LTVC executive member Prajwal Subba said the Sikkim Governement never took joint delegation comprising of different Limboo and Tamang organizations to Delhi on the L – T seat reservation issue but always sent representatives of the Sikkim Limboo Tamang Apex Committee which did not represent the entire Limboo – Tamang communities.