HSP To Organize ‘Jan Sansad’ On October 16; Reiterating Demand For Inner Line Permit (ILP) Implementation In Sikkim 

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The Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) is preparing to hold a ‘Jan Sansad’ on October 16, to highlight the views of various political and apolitical organizations regarding the demand to implement Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Sikkim.

Addressing the mediapersons, the HSP President – Bhaichung Bhutia emphasized the necessity of ILP system and pointed-out that rising immigration could fundamentally alter Sikkim’s demographics in the future.

“Sikkim has the lowest fertility rate, however between 2014-2019, the total number of electorates increased by 17% primarily owing to unfettered immigration and illegitimate voting,” – he stated.

He further added that ILP system for Sikkim is significant in terms of national security, as the Himalayan state shares three international borders.

Bhutia cited that the state administration should have pushed for similar protection in Sikkim, when the Union Minister of Home Affairs & Cooperation – Amit Shah visited Gangtok on October 7. He noted that four NE states had already implemented ILP.

The HSP President further termed the Sikkim Chief Minister – Prem Singh Tamang (Golay) as the “weakest CM in Sikkim’s history” and claimed that he gained access through backdoor, in order to serve as a “puppet CM” who is concerned to maintain his position.

Bhutia stated that the “Jan Sansad” will hold serious talks on topics including immigration, forged documents for residence, and phoney voter identification.

“All political parties have been invited, and now its time to put party politics aside and work to attain ILP protection for Sikkim,” he added. The HSP President added that suggestions and signatures would be collected during the ‘Jan Sansad’.

Besides, the signatures collected with the ILP demand would be submitted to the Union Minister of Home Affairs & Cooperation – Amit Shah.

“We also intend to travel the entire state to gather thousands of signatures from those who are in favour of ILP implementation in Sikkim” he continued.

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