Chamling submits memorandum to Governor on Rinchenpong assault

Thursday, Dec 07, 2023 00:15 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Dec 06, 2023 18:44 [IST]

Chamling submits memorandum to Governor on Rinchenpong assault

GANGTOK,: A 15-member SDF delegation led by party president and former Chief Minister Pawan Chamling called on Governor Lakshman Prasad Acharya at the Raj Bhawan here on Wednesday.

Chamling presented a memorandum to the Governor outlining the circumstances of the incident of violence unleashed on the SDF cadres by the SKM goons in Rinchenpong on December 4, a SDF release states.

Showing the photographs and explaining the issues, the Governor gave a patient hearing to the delegates. One of our cadres who were subjected to the attack was also present in the delegation and he described in detail the sequence of events whilst also answering the Governor’s incisive questions, said the SDF.

“Chamling also gave a summary of the high handedness of the present government and emphasised that not one person was arrested, or charge sheeted for all these incidents that have happened over the last four and half years. Miscarriage of justice has been rampant. He informed the Governor that democracy was non-existent in the State as of now,” the SDF release states.

In its memorandum, the SDF demanded the right of assembly and other fundamental rights given under the Constitution of India be ensured besides to provide a level playing field leading up to the elections. Demand for establishing President’s Rule in the State forthwith was also emphasised, said the SDF.

The SDF added that the Governor assured the party delegation that he would inquire into the matter and would ensure that the rule of law is followed in letter and spirit. He also said that the rights given under the Constitution of India will be protected for all Sikkimese people.

“We noted, before him, that after his assuming office in February 20, 2023, and our first memorandum to him, the situation was quite calm in the State till this incident in Rinchenpong,” said the SDF.

Later speaking to the media, Chamling thanked the Governor for a positive response to the issues raised by the SDF party.

“The Governor has assured us that Constitutional rights will be ensured in Sikkim and democracy and people would be protected. If any such activity happens henceforth, the Raj Bhawan will ensure security for the people. We are thankful to receive such assurances from the Constitutional head,” said the former Chief Minister.

Sikkim at a Glance

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