The private member bill moved by Opposition MLA for restoration of Nepali Seats in the State Assembly of Sikkim in the ongoing budget session has created uproar both inside and outside of the Assembly. Looking at the current development on the Representation of People's (Amendment) Act 1980, Gorkha Apex Committee who are seriously pursuing the demand of Debate on the said Act in both State and National Level and hence, keeping in consideration of the larger interest of the people of Sikkim it has become a matter of utmost importance to clarify certain expects of the Representation of People's (Amendment) Act, 1980.
Further, the recommendation of State Government to provide Tribal Status to the left out communities of Sikkim is already been declined by the Office of the Registrar General of India (ORGI) in its latest report of December 2014. Another recommendation by Burman Commission to increase the Assembly seats from present 32 to 40 seats is not possible when Delimitation Act, 2002 doesn't permit delimitations of constituencies before the first General Election after 2026. Moreover, if the Tribal status could restore the Assembly seats Limboo and Tamang would have had their reservation by now. Hence, it will be a sheer foolishness on our part to wait for Tribal Status and Burman Commission's recommendation as far as rights and interests of Majority Sikkimese people are concerned.
It is heartening to know that both Ruling and Opposition parties are concern about the political rights of Majority Sikkimese people, however, the Assembly discussion seems to be just a diversion from the main issue of the "Debate in the Parliament regarding the Representation of People's Act 1980''. If all the political leaders of Sikkim are really concern about the rights and interest of Sikkimese people, they must support the demands of Gorkha Apex Committee to have a debate on the Representation of People's (Amendment) Act 1980 in the Parliament of India which is only amicable solution to the problem looming in Sikkimese Society today.
Source - Gorkha Apex Committee