Sikkim in the dark on Doklam: Chamling

Observing that the people of Sikkim are “living in fear” because of the stand-off in Doklam between India and China, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling on Monday said the Centre had kept the border State in the dark on the issue. “Nobody has consulted us, neither the Centre nor the Army has told us anything about the situation. Whatever we get to know about Doklam is from newspaper reports,” Mr. Chamling told a group of journalists from the Kolkata Press Club. “Here in Sikkim, we live with the Doklam issue. There is a fear psychosis among the people. We are afraid of the situation,” Mr. Chamling said. He said the people feared a war with China, and referred to Kupup, the last inhabited village in Sikkim, about 30 km from Doklam. “We want good relations between India and China. The State government and the people of Sikkim have shown their love for the country and have worked for the interest of India,” he said. On a solution to the issue, he said the Centre knew best. Mr. Chamling, who has the record of the longest serving Chief Minister of a State in the country, said he had tried to shield the State from external disturbances, whether from Maoism in Nepal or the Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling. He said he wanted peace in Darjeeling, and supported the stand of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/sikkim-in-the-dark-on-doklam-chamling/article24740778.ece

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