(Left to right) Sikkim minister Arun Upreti in Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali attire Credit: IPR

Gangtok: Amid the serious discussions going on in ongoing Budget session of Sikkim Legislative Assembly, state minister of urban & housing development, food & civil supplies and consumer affairs Arun Upreti is standing out for his choice of clothes.

The ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) leader, who was elected to the state assembly from Arithang constituency in the elections held this year, is giving a strong message on unity and harmony by wearing traditional attires of various communities inhabiting the Himalayan state.

While Upreti was seen wearing a Bhutia shirt, locally called ‘hentaas’, on the first day of the assembly session on Monday, he was spotted in a Lepcha coat on the fourth day on Thursday. Likewise, on the swearing-in ceremony, he was wearing a Nepali traditional attire.

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Sikkim is not just popular for its scenic beauty and tourism potential but also for the harmony among the three major communities – Bhutia, Lepcha and Nepali. None other than Upreti could have sent this message across to the masses.

While speaking to EastMojo, Upreti said how Sikkim has always been living in harmony taking the major groups such as Bhutia, Lepcha, Nepali, besides the business community, into its fold. “In order to spread the message of the exchange of our cultures, customs and traditions, I decided to wear these attires with an aim to promote our local outfits rather than western,” he said.

Upreti also added that he would continue to promote the culture and traditions in every way possible, maintain the unity between the communities and encourage the youths to take pride in taking forward their customs.

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