Gangtok, Sikkim

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Convinced that Karmapa will soon visit Sikkim: Sangha MLA


Wed, Sep 13, 2017

GANGTOK: Sangha MLA Sonam Lama today reiterated his ‘conviction’ that 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje would soon visit Sikkim. He made the statement as the ongoing indefinite relay hunger strike by monks complete 429 days.
The monks are undertaking the indefinite relay hunger strike here at BL House, Tibet Road demanding the Union government to allow the Karmapa to visit and bless Sikkim.
Meanwhile, the decision on allowing the Karmapa to visit Sikkim would be taken by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CSS) which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Home Ministry has prepared a note on the Karmapa’s visit to Sikkim and sent it for approval to the CCS, the highest decision making body of the country’s security matters, according to national reports.
However, the Karmapa will not be allowed to enter the Rumtek monastery located in East Sikkim, even though he may be allowed to visit Sikkim, it has been reported.
In his press statement, the Sangha MLA also echoed similar views.
It has been our sustained view and demand that the Karmapa is allowed to visit Sikkim and not Rumtek at present circumstances which is clearly resolved in my resolution of 2014 passed by the Sikkim Legislative Assembly, said the Sangha MLA.
He suggested the SDF government to withdraw the resolution passed by it the same day he had placed his resolution. He also suggested that State government to withdraw its notification for setting up the office of ‘chairman of the committee’ to receive the Karmapa at Rumtek monastery and to ensure related courtesies.
When the government of India is against allowing the Karmapa visiting Rumtek monastery at present circumstances, State government foolishly creating such office has only added to the obscuration, said the Sangha MLA.
I look forward for the unanimous support and cooperation of the government, monks and all the dharma loving people of Sikkim to realise our long cherished aspiration which is now at the final stage of its realisation, said Lama.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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