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Darjeeling parties welcome Sikkim resolution on tribal status demand

DARJEELING, : Different political outfits of the hills today welcomed the resolution adopted by Sikkim Legislative Assembly seeking tribal status demand for the remaining 12 Nepali communities including the Majhi community.
Political parties here have been demanding ST status for the Bhujel, Mangar, Gurung, Newar, Jogi, Khas, Rai, Sunuwar, Thami, Yakka (Dewan) and Dhimal communities. The BJP had also promised tribal status in its previous election manifesto.
GJM (Bimal camp) general secretary Roshan Giri said: “We welcome the decision of the Sikkim government to include the Majhi community in the left-out list of communities. However, as for our stand, our party heads will sit for discussion to come to a decision,” he said.
The Binay camp of the GJM also welcomed this new development in Sikkim but stopped short of committing to include the Majhi community in its demand.
Binay camp spokesperson Keshavraj Pokhrel said, “We welcome the resolution adopted by the Sikkim government. In the past too, the Sikkim Assembly had passed a resolution of Gorkhaland demand. If Sikkim has passed a resolution then an early decision must be taken on the promises made by the BJP government for us. From our side we have already discussed the issue with the Bengal government.”
Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxist (CPRM) secretariat member Arun Ghatani said the Sikkim government should take the lead to make the inclusion of the left-out communities a nation-wide demand. “We welcome Sikkim State adopting the resolution. However, we also feel that being a State, Sikkim can make it a pan-India demand as it will be more effective,” he said.
Ghatani said the party has faith on the BJP government at the Centre to deliver its promise on tribal status demand.
Hill alliance parties of the BJP like the CPRM, Gorkha National Liberation Front, All India Gorkha League, Sumeti Mukti Morcha and the Gorkha Rashtriya Nirman Morcha had recently met Union Home minister Amit Shah in Delhi. They had claimed that the Central government would meet their demand for tribal status of 11 communities before the West Bengal Assembly election this year while the demand of Permanent Political Solution would be fulfilled only after the elections.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi