CM cautions people against national parties

CM cautions people against national parties
Sun, Feb 3, 2019

PANKAJ DHUNGEL
GANGTOK:
National parties eyeing to make a toehold in the State have irked the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) with party president and Chief Minister Pawan Chamling saying relying on them will be a big mistake.  
“The day national parties come to power, they will interfere in local politics and jeopardise the special status of Sikkim as power will be abused by the party at the Centre. Bhaichung Bhutia and his party are just the teeth for show, the Centre will be the one that will bite. Now it is clear that he is BJP in Sikkim. If we were a big State, then national party would have mattered. We have only one representation in the Lok Sabha barely making a difference in the Centre,” said Chamling addressing a mass joining of former SKM and BJP functionaries and supporters at Samman Bhawan here on Saturday.
Branding SDF as the only regional party which can raise and protect local issues of the State, the SDF president slammed the SKM party for being the first party to openly declare resorting to killing to get the mandate in 2019. “They are all opportunists, those without care who have killed people and torched houses, look at the kind of people surrounding them. Politics is not about revenge, it is the triumph of the people. Apart from SDF, all other parties are anticipating Sikkim’s destruction.”
Taking a jibe on SKM spokesperson Jacob Khaling’s recent poser on his upbringing, the Chief Minister said if one has to see his past they will know the kind of leader he has been. “No one says I have resorted to killing or stealing, my identity, truth and creation is this 25-year-long governance.”
On the mass joining of SKM and BJP supporters, Chamling stated, “you had gone to other parties due to issues of being overlooked as the government has only benefited SDF party cadres. Under SDF, the young are loved more so that our future gets better, as we are not just life servers but dream servers as well. Individuals joining and leaving party keeps happening but our principles, thoughts and character have never changed. Instead of dividing into parties, we should come together for a better future of Sikkim.”
Commenting on the protest by adhoc teachers, the Chief Minister informed that 2,800 jobs were given on ad-hoc basis even when it was not necessary so as to ensure employment of rural population. “If vacancy will be there, appointment should be done through interview. Democracy gives equal opportunity and security but equal outcome cannot be reached as it is individual success and result through hard work and will power,” he maintained.


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