Sikkim to sue West Bengal over Gorkhaland agitation loss

Government representatives claimed that ever since the protests began, the West Bengal government and its police have deliberately prevented supply of goods to Sikkim because of the support Sikkim has shown for a separate Gorkhaland.

Written by Esha Roy | Kolkata | Published:July 8, 2017 4:40 am
west bengal, sikkim, china, doklam, northeast, mamata bannerjee, bengal cm, darjeeling, gorkhaland, china sikkim standoff, indian express Operators of trucks that ferry goods from Siliguri to Sikkim called an indefinite bandh on June 30 to protest the alleged attack on Sikkim-bound trucks by anti-Gorkhaland protesters. (File Photo)

The Sikkim government is set to take the West Bengal government to court for “losses” it incurred because of the Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling.

Government representatives claimed that ever since the protests began, the West Bengal government and its police have deliberately prevented supply of goods to Sikkim, stopping trucks from entering the state because of the support Sikkim — including its Chief Minister Pawan Chamling — has shown for a separate Gorkhaland.

National Highway 10, which connects Siliguri in North Bengal to Gangtok, is the only highway that connects Sikkim to the rest of the country and serves as the state’s lifeline.

Sikkim’s lone Member of Parliament P D Rai, speaking with The Indian Express, said, “We are planning to approach the Supreme Court next week. The circumstances which have been created are unconstitutional. Our food supply and all other essential goods coming to Sikkim have been stopped. In Siliguri, many of our trucks carrying essential goods have been stopped by police in civil clothes, while uniformed police have looked on. Just because we have a particular stand, which has been a known stand for many years, this is being done.”

Rai said that such disruptions have taken place routinely due to the shared highway with West Bengal, but the past 20 days — since the agitations began — have been particularly bad. “Over the past 30 years, Sikkim has incurred losses worth Rs 60,000 crore due to such disruptions. We want the West Bengal government to make good on these losses,” he said, adding that in the past 20 days alone, the state has incurred losses of Rs 200 crore.

“Till the day before Mamata Banerjee decided to hold her cabinet meeting in Darjeeling, there was not a single room vacant in any hotel in Sikkim. But since then, there is not a single room that is occupied. Our economic losses have been huge. Disruptions and agitations will occur, you can’t prevent that. But the highway should have been protected by paramilitary to ensure that essential goods reach us. Yesterday, areas in north Sikkim ran out of rice and pulses; we have shipped these items to them today. There is no problem with organic vegetables or dairy in the state, but we import our cereals, and this has been hit. There is no cash in ATMs either,” said Rai.

Operators of trucks that ferry goods from Siliguri to Sikkim called an indefinite bandh on June 30 to protest the alleged attack on Sikkim-bound trucks by anti-Gorkhaland protesters. Groups of youths protesting the “division of Bengal” allegedly vandalised two trucks in Dhupguri and New Jalpaiguri, and another in Siliguri carrying milk supply for the Indian Army, on June 30. Tanker associations have also stopped supplying fuel to Sikkim.

“Very soon, our medical supplies will run out. We are sandwiched between two agitations — for and against Gorkhaland. The West Bengal government needs to pay up,” said Rai.

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    rajaraman
    Jul 10, 2017 at 8:52 pm
    Yes, particularly Mamta needs to be sued for this debacle as well as the bengal Govt.
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      RAJIV subba
      Jul 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm
      Every people of Darjeeling wants Gor nd and the demand is very old 112 years many of people lose their life and bangalse cm Mamta
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        Raghav Sen
        Jul 8, 2017 at 5:28 pm
        Pawan chamling is a crook. So as the west Bengal bjp. Who told him to support gor nd. He is responsible for the fate of sikkim. Bimal gurung the murder /looter - you will be behind bars soon.
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          Intothefuture
          Jul 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm
          If so many illegal immigrants from Nepal had not crossed over to Darjeeling and Sikkim over the years, our India didn't have to see this day. It is our ill luck that the very people India has fed with food and water,even the second and third generation immigrants have their heart sold out to Nepal and China are now demanding to break my country. This is unacceptable. Derjeeling is in the border. With Sikkim, these Nepalis will demand another country soon. Btw The King of Sikkim was Tibetan origin, not Nepali origin like the present Sikkim CM! His statement indirectly supporting China is proves his allegiance.
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            mark
            Jul 9, 2017 at 1:12 am
            By your logic, Sikkim shld be returned to China (Sikkim paid tribute). Next, Sikkim was never part of "India", as you say yourself, and was founded 1641 on the basis of alliance of Bhotias, Lepchas and Limbus (That is, Kirantis). The Nepalese you mention are not "illegal migrants" there were brought by the British, many as soldiers (you have still a few in Indian Army, please get rid of them if you will) and since Nepal was then a strict Hindu country, they were not allowed to come back after being in country ruled by mlecchas. Fine fotr the British who needed labor for tea gardens. Last, Sikkim was semi-independent and was annexed to India in strange circumstances by Indira ... last of last, what about water, never flows up, Sikkim water feeds Bengal, not the other way around.
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            binod rai
            Jul 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm
            Mamta banarjee and west bengal govt should be stop now by center before it is too late bring her to justic. she is not the queen victoria or Elisabeth of colonial era above the indian cons ution. She has been openly killing the people in Darjeeling by using the police and CRPF, and those who comes to support of Gor nd such as sikkim Mamta govt is using the police and hooligans cutting the supplies. had it been Bihar or UP, she would surely have closed her mouth, but she knows how to bully the minority. Darjeeling was not the part of WB but was of Nepal and Sikkim before independence sikkim an independent country until 1975. so if BJP govt keep on playing vote policies (their ambition to win the election in WB) then it is going to be too late and Darjeeling may become another Kashmir... why own country man killing each other it is hard to understand ..
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              Intothefuture
              Jul 8, 2017 at 11:29 am
              Ilegal immigration from Nepal over the years have made India prone to constant threat from the Chinese side because the heart and soul of these immigrants belong to their "motherland" Nepal which gets paid by China. Sikkim supports Gor nd, even at one point said Darjeeling should merge with Sikkim. What is the guarantee that in future the region will not be second Kashmir, specially after what CM Chamling's "sandwhich" comment? Mother India must stand strong.
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                binod rai
                Jul 8, 2017 at 1:18 pm
                Illegal immigrant ?? read history first.. Darjeeling was part of Nepal and Sikkim. so there is no illegal immigration. also explain me why GORKHAS are send in frontier to sa uard the nation , if Gorkhas are not trustworthy ?? so Gor nd is created it can shake hand with Nepal or China as per your theory ?? the fact is border will be stonger, mother India must stand strong or greedy bengal govt TMC chamcas?? who gave you that right that India is you mother though there is no Bengali regiment and Bengal never serve in army but the gorkha who has been serving the country for eternity dos not have right to called India our mother.. in short you seems to be stupid, dull, lack the basic knowledge about the history of the region.. Darjeeling was part of Sikkim not of WB. instead of to write stupid thing just read the history first. Jai Gorkha and Jai Hind
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                  Intothefuture
                  Jul 8, 2017 at 2:34 pm
                  Since Bangladesh was a part of India, so the Bangladeshis crossing over are not illegal immigrants, right? The illegal Nepali population has used India to earn money, just like illegal Bangladeshis with their heart set on Nepal. The original people of Darjeeling were Lepchas. Read Indian history first, not Nepal history! Only people of Gorkha region of Nepal are Gorkhas. The Nepali population in illegally settling in Darjeeling are not Gorkha regiment trained by our Indian Army. As for India and the Bengal's role, I am afraid that twisted brain in your illegal self cannot relate to or understand apart from Nepali history. Jai Hind!
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                    mark
                    Jul 9, 2017 at 1:20 am
                    Many of Darj Nepali were brought as soldiers. Still now, Darj and Nepal provide a good number of India's best infantry. As for history, you're good at that, mind that Darj was part of Sikkim, down to Siliguri included - and Kalimpong was Bhutanese. Then, if you like, we can also talk about illegal immigration of Biharis in Nepal Terai.
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                      mark
                      Jul 9, 2017 at 1:36 am
                      For your proud self, if Bdesh was part of British Indian Empire, Nepal was never part of it and was never ruled by mlecchas. To put it nicely. As for Gorkha regiments and their areas of recruitment, if you have access to the web, wiki about it, notably about the 11th Gorkha Rifle Regt. , were Gal Bipin RAWAT served (he's wearing the distinctive hat), you are totally wrong, simply, and are deliberately insulting a great number of decent people who bravely fought for you country ...
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                    module
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 9:11 am
                    I must salute Mamata didi for her guts and super war brain. Mobile, Internet and logistic supply cut is main for any violent or mobs. She has right thing. Sikkim actually internally supporting Gor nd plus there is some conflict going on the border with china too. Even WB govt can controls the media freedom. Before last general election MMS govt was asking for a move for stopping media's excessive freedom, that time BJP was the only party to stop that moves. Because, BJP already paid and started champions by that time. BJP well ahead than any other political parties in terms of election strategic plan.
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                      binod rai
                      Jul 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm
                      I never knew that people salute Mamta, but you are right she has destructive brain she has has killed 4 innocents people, ban internet, blocking food and medical supplies, but you are forgetting one thing, we are not in middle age this is 21st century .. she can't use her evil mind much longer.. but you people seems to love her, after all she is your CM. keep her we will soon have our own state.. take care
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                        Mavala
                        Jul 8, 2017 at 3:43 pm
                        The jihadi-di has seriously got the guts tht she gets max votes from nonmulla but still she gets her pushy licked by the porkis and bangi folks and in return she led the blood flow into mud n drains of the aliens hindus surviving in d area. U dont reterate when she advocated the terrorirts cane acros borders. Burdwan incident. U didnt said to cut suplies to dulagarh,kalichak n borders areas muslmins fr rioting n killing hindus. She gives d status of 2nd lang to udru n mula dominated areas without mandatory fr them to opt other lang on the other hand she mandates bengali on ppls who hv diff cult and lang, in the name of lang of state. The bosri bongs dnt retaliate when uruduu words and sentence bcm part of their edu course removing their mothr tongue. They dnt utter word when Tarkeshwar mandir gets mula head, they dnt speak when emersion of durga is stopped fr murahammma.
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                        yash sehgal
                        Jul 8, 2017 at 6:17 am
                        Yhe only solution is dismiss TMC govt in WB n impose President Rule immediately. Mota ji has time only for appeasing mussies n nothing else. Situation very grave there.
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                          yash sehgal
                          Jul 8, 2017 at 6:18 am
                          Momta ji
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