Centre will not touch Article 371F, Sikkim CM assures people

  1. Sikkim Chief Minister has said that the Centre had assured that Article 371F would remain intact and safe.
  2. Article 371F of the Indian Constitution provides special constitutional status to Sikkim.
  3. Article 371F states that states that that the Legislative Assembly shall consist of not less than 30 members. In order to reflect the diversity of different groups in Sikkim, seats in the assembly are provided to people of these different sections.
  4. Sikkim was made a part of India after the 35th Constitutional Amendment in 1974 and was made a co-state.
  5. By the 36th Constitutional Amendment in 1975, Sikkim became the 22nd state of India.  The amendment also added Article 371F.