GANGTOK, Feb 20 – Sikkim unit BJP president, Padam Chettri has revived the issue of Limboo-Tamang (LT) seat reservation in the State Assembly.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Chettri said the LT community should demand reservation of seats as soon as possible, or else they would be deprived of this right until 2026.
He claimed that Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and his government are not in the mood to provide seats to LT community in the Assembly. The LT community is being kept away from their constitutional rights, Chettri alleged.
No special census has been conducted to find out the population of Limboo-Tamang people in Sikkim. That is the first and foremost step towards reservation of the seats, he said. He added that there is no provision of collecting data on LT population in the 2011 Census. However, the caste-wise population is likely to be enumerated after the completion of the data collection process of the census.
He alleged that the SDF Government has not even accepted the Limboo-Tamang population worked out by BJP, by extrapolation of voter list, at 15 per cent entitling them a minimum of five seats in the thirty-two member Assembly, as per Article 332 of the constitution of India.
The Sikkim Limboo-Tamang Tribal Forum seems to have claimed 17 percentage population and 10 seats, based on Article 371 f of the constitution; the same constitutional safeguard protecting the Bhutia-Lepcha (BL) seat reservation in the Assembly.
Chettri mentioned that the case filed by the BJP, regarding the Limboo-Tamang seat reservation is pending in the Supreme Court. On February 14, the Supreme has Court ordered to list the matter on non-miscellaneous days in the week, commencing from August 30.
The BJP feels that there should be reservation of seats for the entire Nepali community of the State as per the Article 371 f, and not only Limboo -Tamang as Scheduled Tribes, he asserted.