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Governor misguiding Centre about Sikkim: Chamling

YANGANG,: Former Chief Minister and opposition leader Pawan Chamling on Friday accused Governor Ganga Prasad of “misguiding” the Government of India over the state of affairs in Sikkim.

“There is no security to life and property of people in Sikkim at present. The law and order here has failed. The Sikkim government itself is a failure. Despite this, the Governor goes to Delhi and tells the Centre that everything is good in Sikkim and the State government is doing good work. He is telling wrong things to Delhi and misguiding the Government of India,” said Chamling to media.

Chamling said he was giving this statement to media so that it reaches to Centre at Delhi.

The former Chief Minister pointed out that a Governor of Sikkim is more empowered than the Governors of other States due to Article 371F, the special Constitutional provisions for Sikkim.

“Article 371F gives special powers and responsibilities to the Governor of Sikkim as compared to other Governors. The Governor can use these special Constitutional provisions and take action if the State government has failed in its duties. In the present scenario, the Governor should be working in the interests of Sikkim and its people but he is not doing anything,” said Chamling, also the lone opposition MLA in the Sikkim Legislative Assembly.

The former Chief Minister was speaking to media after visiting the around 76 families who have been displaced by a huge landslide at Pathing, near Yangang bazaar, about 70 km away from Gangtok.

Chamling said the Centre must come forward to assist the landslide victims who have lost their ancestral lands and livelihood at Pathing. The entire hill is dragged down by the landslide and it is also a huge loss to the local ecology, he said. He appealed the Centre to depute a Geological Survey of India team to conduct geological studies on the landslide to protect the local villagers.


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