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Ruling SDF calls for two-day bandh

Written by: Staff

Gangtok, Dec 4 (UNI) The ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) today called for a 48-hour bandh from December 9 in protest against the 'possible' dilution of the state's old laws.

SDF vice-president K B Chamling said fearing the possbile dilution of old laws the party had call for the bandh to protect the interest of the people and appealed them to extend their support.

Mr Chamling said the other objectives of the bandh was to pressurise the Centre not to implement the direct income tax laws in the state, to provide reservation of seat for the Limbu and Tamang Community and to pass the women reservation bill in Parliament.

All the Old laws that existed in Sikkim before it was declared an Indian state in 1975 and were protected under Article 371 F(k) of the constitution.

But the apprehension of its dilution arose after the High Court on November 24, during the hearing of a case filed by one Vinod Kumar Sinha, questioned the validity of the Rule 4 (4) of the government's Establishment Rule, 1974, that allows preferential treatment to the Sikkimese in government jobs.


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