State BJP MLAs condemns “completely fabricated” news report of them meeting Shah on merger issue

Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 06:00 [IST]

Last Update: Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 00:20 [IST]

State BJP MLAs condemns “completely fabricated” news report of them meeting Shah on merger issue

GANGTOK,: The BJP legislators of Sikkim have condemned a “completely fabricated story” published by a national Hindi daily on September 17 on the Sikkim-Darjeeling merger issue.
In a press statement today, the Sikkim BJP MLAs stated that “in order to create chaos and further a wrongful agenda”, the daily reported that Union Home minister Amit Shah recent met some of them and discussed the merger matter.
“However, no such meeting between the MLAs and the Home minister has taken place recently and even in past meetings, such matters were never discussed.  Such irresponsible journalism can be a harbinger of misunderstanding and chaos in our otherwise very peaceful State and only reflects the malicious intent to disrupt the calm of the State. We vociferously deny the happening of any such meeting and strongly condemn the careless journalism of the aforementioned paper and assure that the hands behind such gas lighting content shall be held accountable,” said Upper Burtuk MLA D.R. Thapa. He stressed that all the political parties and civil society members in Sikkim have been vehemently opposed to this completely unconscionable idea of Sikkim-Darjeeling merger.
Therefore, on behalf of all the BJP MLAs, I vociferously condemn fake news reports that can threaten the peace and stability of our State and national security of our country, added Thapa.
“The State BJP unit would like to once again reiterate that contrary to the allegations published, in a memorandum submitted to the Union Home minister while joining in 2019, the BJP MLAs specified all the pending political and social demands for the State of Sikkim where one of the demands was ‘preventing any alteration to the State’s boundary which existed during the 1975 accession as it would threaten the peace and security in the State due to it being an internationally sensitive border.’ This was the stand taken by the State BJP unit and the party remains very firm in its ideals,” said the Upper Burtuk MLA.
The Union Home minister has repeatedly mentioned and assured the Parliament that Article 371F will not be tampered with and Sikkim along with all the North Eastern States have nothing to worry about, 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