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Gangtok: The Sikkim Limbu Tamang Tribal Joint Committee has filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding reservation for the Limbu and Tamang communities in the Sikkim legislative assembly.

In the petition, members of the committee has sought a direction to the Centre to take appropriate steps to amend the provisions of the Representation of the People Act to provide reservation to the two scheduled tribes in the state assembly.

The petition was filed through advocate Suvidutt M S. It has also sought a direction to the Delimitation Commission of India, which is responsible for re-drawing boundaries of Assemblies and Lok Sabha constituencies based on recent census, to issue a final notification giving effect to reservation for these two tribes based on the 2011 census data.

“It is submitted that as of now, three elections to state assembly have been held in the years 2004, 2009 and 2014 without any reservation of seats in the Legislative Assembly for two tribal communities after they were declared as Scheduled Tribe in 2003,” the petition said.

“If no action is taken in this regard, this deprivation would continue until the census after the year 2026 i.e. till year 2031 which is after 13 years,” the petition added.

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