Siltac reposes confidence in Pawan Chamling to arrange L – T seats

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SUJAL PRADHAN
Gangtok
23 Oct 2018

The Sikkim Limboo Tamang Apex Committe (SILTAC) has preferred to keep faith in Chief Minister Pawan Chamling to ensure reserved seats for the Limboo and Tamang communities in the State Assembly. “We are sure that the Chief Minister will be able to provide five seats for the Limboo – Tamang community. He will be the Chief Minister for the sixth term as well,” SILTAC said in a Press statement in Gangtok on Monday. SILTAC has also condemned a statement made by Limboo Tamang Voluntary Committee on the issue, doubting if the Chief Minister would be able to arrange these seats.
It may be mentioned that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sikkim in September for the inauguration of the Pakyong airport, Pawan Chamling in a public meeting had pleaded for these reserved seats for the Limboo and Tamang communities. The Prime Minister had refused to make any comment, however, saying he would rather not discuss these issues in public.
The Limboo and Tamang communities in Sikkim were declared scheduled tribes way back in 2002, but they are yet to get the reserved seats in the Sikkim assembly under the scheduled tribes quota. Out of the 32 seats in the Sikkim assembly, 12 are reserved for the Bhutia and Lepcha communities and one seat for Buddhist lamas, called the Sangha seat.  Now, however, if reserved L – T seats are apportioned from these existing seats it could mean either a reduction in the number of general seats or a reduction in B – L seats. To preclude these possibilities, the State Government is trying to increase the total number of seats in the Assembly to 40 so that from these additional seats reservation can be arranged for the Limboo and Tamang communities.