Gangtok: Reacting to Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee (SPCC) president Bharat Basnett said that the state government should immediately call an emergency assembly session and passed a resolution saying Sikkim will not implement the CAA and that it would reinstate the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system which was already there in Chogyal’s (King) time.
Basnett said Sikkim is a different and unique state in itself and holds a historic significance, as it was merged with India on a condition and Sikkim is governed by its old laws. “So, it would not be good to implement CAA directly there as old laws which protect the Sikkimese people are in place, and the present government should focus on that. It must explore the old laws which have provision to tackle the problem of influx like Sikkim already has ILP and the time has come to strengthen and implement it,” he said.
The SPCC president also said Sikkim was merged with the union of India on a special provision. “We want protection under that. We have Sikkim Subject Register and old laws so we also want protection under the same. We want written assurance from the authority and the government can still play its role to incorporate Sikkim’s name in the Act,” he added.