Last Updated: November 18, 2023, 23:49 IST
Gangtok (incl. Upper Tadong), India
The Limboo-Tamang Voluntary Committee (LTVC) on Saturday staged a protest march in the Jorethang city of West Sikkim to press for reservation of the 2 tribal communities in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly (SLA).
Hundreds of Limboo and Tamang women and men carrying banners and placards marched by way of the streets of Jorethang city demanding that the Prem Singh Tamang authorities fulfil its ballot promise to supply reservations for the 2 communities in the SLA.
“The Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) government should either give us a reservation in the state legislature or else quit,” a girl protester was heard as saying in a video footage.
On the advice of the then Pawan Kumar Chamling authorities, the central authorities had supplied tribal standing to 2 communities in 2003, however the reservation in the state legislature has eluded them even 20 years later.
“The Limboo Tamang community has already achieved tribal status, but we are fighting for separate reserved seats in the state assembly,” B B Chong, the manager joint secretary of LTVC instructed reporters on the sidelines of the protest march.
Serving an ultimatum to the Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang, who himself belongs to the Tamang neighborhood, to resolve the vexed challenge earlier than the subsequent meeting polls, he threatened a forceful social agitation to hunt the official demand.
The LTCV office-bearer mentioned the 2 communities have a inhabitants of 1 lakh. The ruling SKM leaders couldn’t be reached for their feedback on protests on the Limboo-Tamang reservation challenge.
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