GANGTOK- Sikkim Democratic Front ( SDF ) on Friday called a 48-hour Sikkim bandh on February 4 and 5 to “convey a public message” to the Centre over the ‘foreigner’ remark against Sikkimese Nepali community in a recent Supreme Court judgement.
Former Chief Minsiter Pawan Kumar Chamling who is also the president of the opposition Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) party, said: “Through this bandh, we must send a strong message from the people of Sikkim to the Central government that the people of the Sikkimese Nepali community are not foreigners. It is not possible for people to come up individually and raise their voice. We need a collective demonstration from the people of Sikkim. In a democracy, calling a bandh is the most appropriate measure to show our collective protest against the foreigner and immigrant stain on us.”
Interestingly, the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) is celebrating its 11th party foundation day on February 4, 2023.
Meanwhile, various political parties and organisations are holding daily rallies in different parts of Sikkim to protest the immigrant tag on the Sikkimese Nepali community.
A senior minister, Mani Kumar Sharma has already resigned from the cabinet, blaming the SKM government for not taking the sentiments of the people seriously.