Sikkim has planned to sue neighbour West Bengal over the allegation of heavy revenue loss that happened due to the agitation for the separate state of Gorkhaland.
The Sikkim Government estimates that over the last 32 years, the state has lost around Rs. 60,000 crores because of the backlash it faced with the violence raging in the hills.
Blaming the Bengal government for the massive financial loss, Sikkim’s CM Pawan Chamling said that the case against West Bengal will be filed at the Supreme Court.
Currently, Sikkim is in turmoil as it experiences a stand-off of Indian and Chinese soldiers at Doka-La. To top that, Sikkim vehicles have been attacked every now and then ever since the CM sent a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh supporting the people’s demand for Gorkhaland.
The agitation that is enveloping the hills has adversely affected Sikkim. According to Pawan Chamling, the state’s development has suffered since the past three decades. Tourism has been especially hit as Sikkim is connected via two prime highways that pass through the hills of North Bengal.