Namchi, February 5, 2013
Despite resistance from several quarters, the existing Sikkim Tamang Buddhist Association and the recently formed Sikkim Tamang Boudh Sangh Asanthusth Manch were dissolved on Feb 3 and a new adhoc body of STBA was formed for a period of six months.
The adhoc body formed during a meeting called by Asanthusth Manch under the chairmanship of Lakpa Ghising, Advisor of the Manch on Feb 3 at Namchi nominated ST Tamang as president, Ugen Tamang as vice-president, Bijay Lopchen as general secretary, Deo Kumar Tamang as joint secretary, MK Tamang as treasurer, Madhu Tamang as publicity secretary and Kalpana Dong as joint publicity secretary.
Even as signs of political affiliations brewed among members of the community, the meeting resolved that the same body would conduct the election for STBA after six months in block committee, district committee, constituency level and centre. It would also chalk out the formation of Tamang Bhawan Construction Committee to oversee construction of the Bhawan at Syari, East Sikkim within 18 months.
The members of the Manch said that the meet was held not only to question the STBA members as to how they could without informing other members of the community conduct the election for two terms, but also reunite all the members of the community for a common cause.
Conflicts within the two organisations, it may be recalled here had be surfacing since the past several months.
From the STBA’s side, ex-president Kumar Yonzone along with MB Moktan and NB Tamang attended the meet. Yonzone presented the account details of the association including donations, funds and its utilization and also briefed on the property of STBA and other details as demanded by the Manch. He also cited the details and procedures as to how the election procedure was held to clear the misconception among the gathering. However, the Manch discarded the presentation saying that the presented details and report were netither made public nor published before.
Meantime, the Manch gave an ultimatum of 15 days to the STBA team consisting of five members: MB Moktan (president), Kamal Tamang (vice president), Basant Tamang (general secretary), Phurba Tamang (joint secretary) and TT Tamang (treasurer), to complete the task of handing over of the responsibility to the adhoc body.
The meeting attended by the people of this community from all the four districts lasted for the whole day.
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Why the Tamangs of Sikkim do not form/establish the Sikkim State Branch Committee, District Committee, Sub-Division Committee, Block Level Committee, Units and Sub-Units of All India Tamang Buddhist Association. What is the problem for formation of A.I.T.B.A. in Sikkim. How Kaziman Tamang (Titung) was elected as Central Committee Member and President of A.I.T.B.A. without having single Units/Sub-Units of A.I.T.B.A. in Sikkim State, as per Rules first he should become member of Branch/Unit of A.I.T.B.A. in Sikkim and then he can be elected as Central Committee Member and President of A.I.T.B.A. It proves that he was elected illegally by means of intruding and crossed the Rangpo-West Bengal Boarder illegally under the Barbed Wire Fencing like Bangladesi in West Bengal.If any one file/register the Public Interest Litigation as per West Bengal Society Act in the Kolkata High Court the K.M.Tamang shall be summoned and shall have to appear at the Court along with officials of A.I.T.B.A. Therefore question of not filing and not registering the P.I.L.does not arise. Moktan Furba Lama, Kurseong.