Gangtok: “Seats for Limboo and Tamang would be reserved in Sikkim Legislative Assembly”, Mr. BB Gooroong, a senior Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Party leader and advisor to Chief Minister, told the media on January 13.
He said that the reservation of seats for Lepcha and Bhutia in the Legislative Assembly is made in accordance with ‘Representation of People Act’ (RP Act) and also for the reason that Lepcha and Bhutia are early inhabitants of Sikkim. “The reservation of seats for Lepcha and Bhutia is not made on criteria like tribals, population or Article 32/Clause I of Indian Constitution”, Mr. Gooroong said. Presently, 12 seats are reserved in Legislative Assembly for Lepcha and Bhutia out of a total 32 seats. “If the reservation of seats for Lepcha and Bhutia would have been made in accordance with population then it would not have been more than six seats”, Mr. Gooroong said. He also informed that all the formalities for reservation of seats for Limboo and Tamang are completed by the State Government and now the decision rests with th Central Government.
Mr. Gooroong contradicted the statement of Mr. Garjaman Rai, President of Sikkim Gorkha Prajatantrik Party, in which he had said that the seats for Limboo and Tamang should be made available within the 12 seats of Lepcha and Bhutia.
Mr. Gooroong said that such kind of statement amounts to “contempt of RP Act”.
Citing the example of Mizoram and Goa, Mr. Gooroong said, according to Article 371F the number of seats of Sikkim Legislative Assembly can be raised to 40.