SKM is part of NDA, will work together: Raju Bista

SKM is part of NDA, will work together: Raju Bista
Sun, Jul 7, 2019

PANKAJ DHUNGEL

GANGTOK,: Raju Bista, the BJP MP from Darjeeling today said the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) is part of the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre dashing rumours of a possible alliance between the BJP and the former CM Pawan Chamling led Sikkim Democratic Front.
Asserting that the SKM is an ally of the NDA, Bista said he working closely with Sikkim Lok Sabh MP Indra Hang Subba to fulfil the aspirations of both Sikkim and Darjeeling hills.
Launching the BJP’s nationwide ‘Sadasyata Abhiyaan,’ at Singtam, the Darjeeling MP however said it is the Centre leadership’s concern on the SKM-BJP alliance. “I have come here to propagate for BJP membership in Sikkim and SKM ministers are also with us here today. They are also confident that whatever needs to be done for the people of Sikkim will be done in collaboration with the BJP. For the development of the regions in the Darjeeling Hills as well as in Sikkim, we must all work together for the people,” he said during the party meeting also having ministers Sanjit Kharel and Bhim Hang Subba alongside State BJP president D.B. Chauhan, youth president Laten Sherpa and other BJP functionaries.
Commenting on his Sikkim counterpart, Bista said he and Indra Hang Subba (SKM MP) are both are from Gorkha community, of the same age, and meet each other and almost share the same space in the Parliament. “He also has aspirations to do good for Sikkim as well as what he can seek from the Centre government. Even I am with the same aspiration and the expectation of the people of Dooars, Siliguri and Darjeeling hills. I feel they have supported the BJP for a long time, I feel the necessity to work for them, which I had mentioned before the election. So we both are working together for Darjeeling and Sikkim to secure the best gifts for our people. We hope the development works here are accelerated,” he said.
Bista who claimed to have visited Sikkim a decade ago, shared he felt privileged to be part of the membership drive on the auspicious occasion of birthday of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama and the birth anniversary of BJP’s founding father Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. “Our motive is not merely to form the government but we want more people to join or be a part of BJP. The way the nation is being taken ahead under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we all must contribute to development of the nation.”
Shifting his focus to Darjeeling, the MP was vocal on stopping police atrocities in the hills by the Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. “The atrocities have increased since 2017 under TMC and Gorkha Janmukti Morcha Binay Tamang faction. They have faced failure in the Lok Sabha as well as during the by-election in Darjeeling, despite that they are not taking lessons. They feel that if they jail big leaders, they can continue as a party, but they are forgetting the fundamental that leaders are made by the people". Putting his faith on the people to decipher between the good and the bad, Bista claimed to have highlighted the issue in the Parliament and vouched to take the matter ahead with proper investigation.
“I have written letters to the Union government as well as to the Home minister twice. As the atrocities cannot continue from here on, we will not let our people be killed or put behind the bars. Such dictatorship cannot continue for long, the people are against such dictatorial regime. Hence the situation must be normalized soon. After winning the mandate of the people, I will not remain silent when out people are being killed,” stated Bista.
Bista also hinted on scrapping the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) saying a tripartite dialogue will immediately begin to reach a permanent political solution in the hills. “If it doesn’t end up being tripartite, then the Centre and the people of the hills must sit together and initiate the dialogue. We will try to discuss the issue with the West Bengal government to reach a permanent political solution.”
On the Union Budget presented by the Centre Government on Friday, Bista highlighted how the USD 2.7 trillion will take the nation ahead. “The development of roads and highways, civil aviation, women empowerment, youth and education, these are all the things we want for the people of Sikkim and the Darjeeling Hills. Whatever we are in need of has been mentioned in the budget. Those in Darjeeling must not consider the same to be the budget for the GTA, but it’s a budget for the 130 crore people of the country.”

 


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Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
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