27 Oct : The ruling Sikkim Democratic Front would bring a resolution in the state assembly to support the demand for a separate Gorkhaland, Senior front leader and Chief Minister’s political advisor B B Gooroong said.
Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) President Bimal Gurung had appealed for a resolution in the Sikkim legislature to support the demand for a separate Gorkhaland.Gooroong, a former Chief Minister himself in the 1980s, reiterated his party’s moral support for the separate statehood demand.
"SDF President Chamling is doing necessary spadework for the cause and he will also speak on the issue at an opportune time," Gooroong said.The SDF leadership would decide when such a resolution should be adopted by the state legislature, he said.
On the demand made by a new political outfit — Sikkim National Peoples’ Party (SNPP) — that the Himalayan state be reverted back to China as the Indian government had failed to protect the distinct identity of Sikkim, Gooroong ruled out a revisit of the issue.
Sikkim’s merger with India 33 years ago was the will of the people of Sikkim and the same can not be reconsidered under whatever situation, he said.Local residents of Sikkim felt as much proud to be Indians as the people of any part of the country, the octogenarian leader said.
He also warned the new outfit’s leadership against pursuing divisive and disruptive politics and said the law of the land may catch them soon if they continue with such agenda.