‘Sikkim integral part of India’: Kejriwal tweets amid row over Delhi govt’s ‘incorrect’ ad

‘Sikkim integral part of India’: Kejriwal tweets amid row over Delhi govt’s ‘incorrect’ ad

Hours after Sikkim took objection to a Delhi government advertisement erroneously referring the people of the state as “different citizens”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday condemned the incident and said action has been taken against the officer concerned. “Sikkim is an integral part of India. Such errors also cannot be tolerated. Advertisement has been withdrawn and action taken against the officer concerned,” Kejriwal tweeted amidst a political row over the ad. The newspaper advertisement for recruitment of volunteers for Civil Defense corps mentioned under eligibility criteria “Citizen of India or a subject of Sikkim or of Bhutan or of Nepal and a resident of Delhi”. Objecting strongly, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang said he was “deeply hurt” by the advertisement “terming the people of Sikkim as different citizen equated with Nepal and Bhutan” and added that the “ignorance or intentions are unpardonable”. “The people of Sikkim are emotionally integrated with the nation since 1975. Our people even cannot think of such a mistake by a responsible Government,” he said, demanding an “unconditional apology to the people of Sikkim” by the Chief Minister of Delhi. “People are agitated with this type of mistakes from an accountable Government. The advertisement maligns the patriotism of the people of Sikkim,” he said. “This is immensely hurtful to the people of Sikkim who take pride in being the citizens of our great country ever since it became the 22nd state of Indian Union on May 16, 1975,” Sikkim Chief Secretary S C Gupta said in a terse letter to ...
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