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Sikkim CM Chamling Seeks PM Modi’s Permission For Exiled Tibetan Leader’s Visit

In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.

Sujit Nath | News18.com

Updated:July 26, 2017, 11:31 PM IST
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Sikkim CM Chamling Seeks PM Modi’s Permission For Exiled Tibetan Leader’s Visit
Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Kolkata: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant permission to 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, to visit the state.

Any such visit to the by the Tibetan leader living in exile in India is likely to anger China. This comes at a time when the two countries are engaged in a standoff in Doklam plateau in the Sikkim sector.

In 2016, the Centre had lifted restrictions on Dorje’s movement within India after five years. Following this, he visited Arunachal Pradesh, an area claimed by China.

“I also invited the Prime Minister to visit Sikkim after the rainy season came to an end this year, which he agreed and promised to make a trip soon,” Chamling told the media after his meeting with Modi.

China has time and again expressed discontent about India sheltering Dorje and had warned that such act might complicate the boundary dispute between both the countries.

Beside Karmapa issue, Sikkim CM also requested PM Modi to intervene in to reservation of Assembly seats for the Limboo and Tamang Scheduled Tribes communities. Over the years, Sikkim has witnessed several protests from Limboo and Tamang community who are demanding to increase the number of seats at Sikkim Legislative Assembly.

On the Darjeeling unrest issue, he said, “I apprised our PM about the latest situation in Darjeeling Hills, resulting in shortage of essential food and other commodities, compounded further by landsides, heavy rainfall, hardships, risk to life and property of the people of Sikkim, in their movement on NH-10. I requested our PM that the central forces should be deployed at New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri and other crucial points upto Rangpo to give protection to life, property and food commodities meant for the people of Sikkim.”
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