BJP wants to rule us from Delhi, SKM wants to finish rule of Sikkimese in Sikkim: Chamling

Chamling
Mon, Apr 8, 2019

RUPESH SHARMA & PRAKASH ADHIKARI
GANGTOK:
BJP and SKM have proved to be birds of the same feather by talking about alliance with a party whose leader had gone to jail, said Chief Minister and SDF president Pawan Chamling on Sunday. He was responding to the claims of BJP leader Ram Madhav of forming an alternative government in Sikkim and to bring CBI into the State.
“The BJP has formed an alliance with a party whose leader had gone to jail due to corruption and wants to form a government in Sikkim. BJP says it is anti-corruption but how it is allying with a corrupt person? The SKM first openly did alliance with BJP. Then the SKM withdrew from the alliance and lied that it was due to pressure from the party workers. The lie was exposed in public by Ram Madhav who said BJP will form the government with the SKM,” said Chamling.
He was addressing an election rally at Rangpo mining ground.
Madhav, the BJP national general secretary and in-charge for the Northeastern region, had on April 5 mentioned that BJP will form an alternative government with the opposition party of Sikkim and hinted at a post-election alliance. He, however, did not shared with which regional political party of Sikkim the BJP intends to form the post-poll alliance.
Madhav, who addressed the Ranipool public meeting of the BJP, had also promised to bring CBI to probe into the corruption allegations in Sikkim.
Responding to this, Chamling told Madhav to have CBI probe in those places where development has not taken place. “Take CBI where development has not taken place. Most of the underdeveloped places in the nation are BJP-ruled States and Northeastern States. Put CBI there. Does a party which talks against corruption forms alliance with a person convicted by a court for corruption?”, he said.
The Chief Minister maintained that BJP wants to rule Sikkim directly from Delhi and accused the SKM of trying to finish the rule of Sikkimese in Sikkim.
“The SKM party does not want to see the rule of Sikkimese in Sikkim and has sold itself to the national party. The announcement of Ram Madhav and letter written to him by the SKM proves this,” Chamling said. He also commented on the national parties and Delhi-based political leaders.
“Be it Congress or BJP or coalition government at Delhi, they have the same outlook towards Sikkim and Sikkimese. They take us as darban or chaprasi and ask when we have come from Nepal. We have become Indians by merging Sikkim with the nation. We are stakeholders in the country but are considered as tenants,” said the SDF president.
Chamling also strongly commented on ‘Gaddar’ tag from SKM to those MLAs who defected to the SDF and are contesting again with SDF tickets.
“They accuse our MLAs of being bought with money. The SKM was about to sell all its leaders and workers in Delhi at Rs. 10 crore that time. The MLAs came to us and shared their grievances and we took them into our party in the interest of the State. The SKM leader could not sell the party and that’s why, the anger shown. Now, the SKM has become BJP internally,” said Chamling. He added that SDF should not be underestimated by anyone.
The Chief Minister, in his speech, made several promises including ten tourism destinations in each constituency, free education for children of business community in the State Medical College and government sponsorship for those getting enrolled in top 50 universities of the world.
The election rally today was for West Pendam, Singtam-Khamdong, Tumin-Lingee and Martam-Rumtek constituencies.
Chamling assured to complete all the demands of these four constituencies within 100 days of forming the next SDF government.
The election rally was also addressed by SDF Lok Sabha candidate D.B. Katwal where he appealed the youth of Sikkim to come forward and take responsibility of Sikkim.


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Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
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