Peace must be maintained in Sikkim: Centre tells Sikkim delegation

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2023 07:45 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Feb 08, 2023 02:03 [IST]

Peace must be maintained in Sikkim: Centre tells Sikkim delegation


GANGTOK,: Union Home minister Amit Shah, while assuring that Centre will address the present issues of Sikkim triggered by the recent Supreme Court judgment, has stressed that peace and harmony is maintained in the sensitive border State. He has also assured that the Centre will look into the present violence-spree in Sikkim.

The assurances were given to a Sikkim delegation consisting of State BJP, Joint Action Council and Sikkimey Nagarik Samaj during their meeting with Shah at New Delhi on Sunday evening.

Newly appointed State BJP president DR Thapa had led the delegation for the meeting which lasted about 30 minutes.

Speaking to reporters here Tuesday morning, Thapa shared that the Union Home minister gave firm assurances on both the issues of Sikkim – the foreigner reference on Sikkimese Nepali community and dilution of “Sikkimese” definition.

A day after the meeting, the Home ministry filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against the certain observations made in the January 13 verdict by a divisional bench of the apex court.

The Union minister also urged that no politics should be done over the sensitive issue and has appealed all in Sikkim to maintain peace as anti-national elements could take advantage of unrest happening in the border State, said Thapa. It was the Union Home minister’s loud and clear message that there must be peace in Sikkim and no politics should be done on the present issues, he said.

According to Thapa, the Union minister was serious in addressing the concerns of the people of Sikkim and has already consulted with his ministry and Finance ministry along with the Registrar General of India and Solicitor General of India.

Regarding the violence taking place in Sikkim, the Union minister said the ministry will look into it, informed the State BJP president.

On behalf of the people of Sikkim, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Union minister for his prompt action, said Thapa.

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