GANGTOK: Sikkim Lok Sabha MP Prem Das Rai presented the long pending demands of expansion of Sikkim State Assembly and Tribal Status for the eleven left out communities to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
He wants the Sikkim Legislative Assembly expansion from 32 seats to 40 seats and giving 5 seats reservation to the Limboo and Tamang scheduled tribe communities.
Rai who met Modi during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting convened before the beginning of the Parliament winter session urged that a bill be introduced for the same. But if this is not viable, he requested that an ordinance be promulgated by the government giving effect to the same.
The Sikkim MP also brought up the issue of giving tribal status to the eleven left out communities from Sikkim under the aegis of the Article 371F of the Constitution of India, reports The Sikkim Express.
The Prime Minister has assured that the issues will be looked into.
The NDA meeting was attended by BJP national president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, LK Advani, Narendra Singh Tomar, and leaders of the different constituents of the NDA.
MP Rai also sent a letter to Home Minister Singh reiterating the long pending Assembly seat expansion and Limboo-Tamang seat reservation issues.
He said both the demands are genuine and long pending ones of the people of Sikkim and have been brought to the notice of the Centre government several times.