Hamro Sikkim Party blows whistle for Assembly polls

Hamro Sikkim Party blows whistle for Assembly polls
Fri, Jan 4, 2019

BIJOY GURUNG

GANGTOK: Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) on Thursday blew the whistle for the upcoming Assembly elections having received ‘whistle’ as the party election symbol from the Election Commission of India (ECI).
Party spokesperson Biraj Adhikari informed at a press meet here that the ‘whistle’ symbol for HSP was confirmed by the ECI through a mail on Wednesday. “We had submitted three preferences to the ECI as our election symbol. Whistle was our first preference and we are thankful to the ECI for allocating whistle as our party symbol,” he said.
HSP vice president Bhaichung Bhutia said the HSP is delighted to get ‘whistle’ as the election symbol of the party.
“Whistle is easy to recognise and introduce to the people. It is also capable of garnering attention through its sharp noise. Whistle is used to create awareness and also marks the starting and ending of something. Those fighting for society and seeking accountability in the administration are called whistle blowers,” said Bhaichung.
Bhaichung, former Indian football captain, also has a personal attachment with the whistle symbol.
“It holds special importance to me as a former football player. Whistle is blown to start the football match and also to end the game. We have now blown the whistle to start our movement and the final whistle will be blown when we remove the corrupt Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) government,” said Bhaichung to media.
Meanwhile, a team of HSP workers are heading to Delhi to hold a daylong dharna at Jantar Mantar there.
Adhikari informed that the HSP team would be raising the issues of Sikkim during the dharna. The issues are corruption in Sikkim, delay in Limboo-Tamang Assembly seats, tribal status for the 11 left-out communities and restoration of Nepali seats in the Assembly, he said.
We will speak with the concerned authorities in Delhi regarding these issues and also try to get appointments with the Prime Minister and the President, said the HSP spokesperson.
Bhaichung reiterated the party’s demand for an independent probe in the fire outbreak that took place at Power Secretariat building recently.
“We want an independent probe in the fire outbreak in the record section of the Power department office. The CAG report has been highlighting corruption in hydel power projects. The Prime Minister when he came to Sikkim spoke about Rs. 16,000 crore being allocated to Sikkim for power generation. After this disclosure comes, there is a fire outbreak in the record section of the Power department building. How such thing is possible?” he asked.
Regarding the still vacant post of HSP president, Adhikari said a democratic process has started for electing the party president. Process has started and it will take some time, he said.
The press meet was also addressed by HSP spokesperson Dilip Rai.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min- 13°C
Winter: Max- 13°C ; Min- 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi