Sikkim opposes Centre’s decision of allowing expeditions to Mount Kanchenjunga along with 136 other mountain peaks in the country.
The Sikkim Bhutia Lepcha Apex Committee (SBLAC) lashed out at the government and has demanded the immediate withdrawal of the notification.
SBLAC convener Tseten Tashi Bhutia said that they condemned the move of the Centre which allows expeditions to Mount Kanchenjunga and demanded immediate withdrawal of the notification saying that it hurts their sentiments.
Bhutia said that Kanchenjunga is not just a peak but their guardian deity and therefore they cannot allow expedition to it.
The Sikkimese considers the Kanchenjunga mountain peak as God and an abode of Gods and they firmly believe that the legendary Yeti roams on its slopes and expedition to the mountain would disrupt balance and would anger the gods.
It may be mentioned that the previous government in Sikkim led by Pawan Chamling of Sikkim Democratic Front had banned the expeditions to Kanchenjunga along with six other peaks of the state.
The decision was made after demands for protecting the holiness of the mountain peaks gathered wings and people from all walks of life raised voices supporting it.
The earlier SDF government respecting the religious sentiment of the people has decided to ban all sorts of expeditions in seven peaks of the state.