Gangtok: As a government, it is our duty to resolve the issue of reservation of Limboo and Tamang seats in the Assembly, said Sikkim CM PS Golay upon his return to the state on Saturday.

Golay met several Union ministers, including PM Narendra Modi, during his 10-day visit to Mumbai and New Delhi.

During his meeting with PM Modi, Golay submitted a memorandum over the Limboo-Tamang seat reservation issue.

“We have submitted our seat formula to the Centre, but we will not create ‘halla’ (noise) about it. We believe in results rather than making noise about it,” he said on Saturday.

The Limboo-Tamang seat reservation issue has been a bone of contention in Sikkimese politics ever since the two communities were accorded Scheduled Tribe (ST) status in 2003.

During its long governance of 16 years since the recognition, former chief minister Pawan Kumar Chamling’s SIkkim Democratic Front (SDF) government has been severely criticised for failing at granting the Assembly seat reservation to the two communities.

The formula for seat reservation has for long been seen as a ‘deadlock’, whether to expand the Sikkim Legislative Assembly from the existing 32 seats or give reservation from the unreserved 17 seats.
Sikkim already has 15 of its Assembly constituencies reserved — 12 for Bhutia-Lepcha communities, 2 for Scheduled Castes (SCs), and one for ‘Sangha seat’ marked for the Buddhist monks and nuns in the state.

Since Golay formed the government in 2019 with his Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), the promises made in the election manifesto have taken a backseat. With over 2 years of governance now, the issue of the Assembly seat reservation for the Limboo and Tamang communities is once again gaining prominence, whether it will be delivered before the 2024 elections.

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Taking a dig at the erstwhile SDF government, where he served as a minister for years, Golay said, “SDF could have resolved the seat issue in 2006 when the delimitation of constituencies was happening in Sikkim. They ignored all the correspondence made by the Delimitation Commission about census for Limboo-Tamang seat reservation. For three Assembly elections, they only delivered false promises.”

“Chamling’s statements of quitting politics if he failed to grant reservation before 2019 elections were all false promises. Now he is giving baseless statements in frustration of being in opposition for two years now,” added Golay.

Meawhile, during his visit to Delhi, Golay also placed demands for reservation of 12 left out communities of Sikkim, the long pending demand for visit of 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, along with the Limboo-Tamang seat reservation issue.



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