The Executive body of Sikkim Solidarity Forum for Gorkhaland will meet Governor Balmiki Prasad Singh on 5th March for seeking the permission to conduct a Public Meeting at Taxi Stand, Gangtok.
A press conference was held on 4th March in the Capital where addressing the media Mr. Bharat Basnett chief convener of Sikkim Solidarity Forum for Gorkhaland informed that administration did not grant permission for public meeting at Taxi stand, which is supposed to be held on 6th March.
Regarding the permission they submitted application to SP East on 2nd March 2011; SP East forwarded the letter to Urban Development and Housing Department the same letter was then forwarded to Gangtok Municipal Corporation but still the permission for the said meeting has not been granted.
Mr. Basnett further informed that they requested SP East to provide alternate place at Old Children’s Park, roof of Lall Bazaar roof or Taxi Stand but they were advised to organize the public meeting at Guards Ground or Sichey by the SP.
Mr Basnett said that Sikkim Solidarity Forum for Gorkhaland being a non political party, people will not come to attend the meeting, if held at such far-off places like Guards Ground or Sichey. He further added that they want to spread awareness about the Gorkhaland movement and condemn the Sipsu incident but government is violating their fundamental right.
He stressed that everybody have a right to organize public meeting in democracy and Sikkim is also a part of India. He mentioned that the public meeting will be organized anyhow as they have already committed to the people about it.
He lastly informed that as the Governor is the Constitutional head of the state they will appeal to the Governor Balmiki Prasad Singh to intervene and they will even invite him to the public meeting.
Courtesy: Sikkim Mail