Present political situation very dangerous for Sikkim: Bhaichung

Bhaichung Bhutia speaking to media. SE Pic
Fri, Oct 4, 2019

Staff Reporter
Hamro Sikkim Party (HSP) working president Bhaichung Bhutia has said the political scenario in Sikkim has taken a dangerous turn while also accusing the BJP of trying to come to power here through backdoor politics.
Speaking to media at Gangtok on Thursday, Bhaichung said: “The BJP is trying come to power through backdoor politics. They are putting pressure on both the leading regional parties of Sikkim- SDF and SKM and that is very dangerous for Sikkim. The SDF and SKM are also not being able to resist the pressure because they have some baggage and have already made compromises.”
Bhaichung mentioned that a couple of months ago, 10 MLAs from the SDF went to the BJP ‘due to pressure’.
“Now SKM is also doing this and has compromised by giving Gangtok and Martam-Rumtek seats to the BJP in the bye-elections. It shows that everyone is together as a family with the BJP as the real head though the Sikkimese had given their votes to the SKM and SDF,” he said.
“It is not the fault of the workers of SDF and SKM, it is only because of their leaders who wanted self-benefit and not respecting the votes of the Sikkimese people. The people have voted for the regional parties and leaders after seeing their programmes and ideologies and had expectations but such hopes have been completely crushed,” said Bhaichung.
Bhaichung is contesting from Gangtok.
Due to the political situation that has developed here, Hamro Sikkim Party was compelled to contest because we also do not accept what is happening here, said Bhaichung. We are not thinking of bye-elections, we were in the process of building the party organisation for the 2024 Assembly elections but we have been forced for the sake of Sikkim, he said.
Bhaichung said the biggest difference for HSP while contesting the 2019 Assembly elections earlier this year and the bye-polls now is that ‘the HSP is fighting for the sake of Sikkim’. This is the biggest difference now, he said while pointing to the Jammu & Kashmir episode.
“We have already seen what BJP has done in Jammu & Kashmir. The BJP first ran a coalition government there and had promised not to touch Article 370 but later they withdrew the support and scrapped Article 370. We are also scared here. I am not saying that they will do the same for Sikkim but that doubt and fear is there with the BJP.  Tomorrow if there is any pressure from Centre on matters which are not in the interests of Sikkim, the political leaders can sign and agree to anything as they have already made compromises,” said Bhaichung.
Bhaichung said the Hamro Sikkim Party does not have any baggage or anything that can be exploited by national parties.
“Hamro Sikkim Party assures people that we will never be a party that will sell Sikkim. We are a clean party with no corruption baggage, we want to save Sikkim and its distinct identity,” said Bhaichung.

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