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Gangtok: Thousands of supporters of the 17th Karmapa, Orygen Trinley Dorjee, congregated in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, India, on September 26, demanding the Indian government allow him to take up his throne at Rumtek monastery.

A pamphlet urging local people to join the rally stated, "The government of India must repose trust and confidence in the people of Sikkim. It has been ten years since the Karmapa fled Tibet and took refuge in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. We have waited long enough."

The rally started at 1030 from the Guards Ground and proceeded to Mintokgang where a memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at his residence. "The Sikkim government has been very supportive to our cause," said Buddhist follower Topden, adding "The Chief Minister has also written to the [central government] on this issue."

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