Thursday, Feb 08, 2024 08:45 [IST]
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GANGTOK,: SDF vice president Bhaichung Bhutia has asserted that the SKM
government – who is promising a ‘Sunaulo Sikkim’ - has made a ‘Sukauro Sikkim’
with nothing to show on ground during these five years in governance. He added
that the 12th SKM foundation day celebration on February 4 was in
fact a “farewell day”.
not the foundation day programme of the SKM on February 4 at Rangpo. On that
day, the SKM celebrated its farewell day,” said Bhaichung at a Wednesday press
functionary contended that as per the Central IB report, there were about
10,000 persons attending the SKM foundation day programme at Rangpo. Many of
them were lured or pressurized into attending the SKM event, he said.
If we are to add the families of these
attendees and throw in extra 10,000 supporters then the SKM has only about
50,000 supporters at the most and it will not get more than this number of
votes in the 2024 election, said Bhaichung.
added that Chief Minister PS Golay’s announcements at Rangpo were merely
targeted towards the election happening in two months’ time in Sikkim and comes
after expending the first term in “entertainment”.
government spent four years and ten months in entertainment and now with
election coming, the Chief Minister is making random announcements. He is
promising ‘Sunaulo Sikkim’ but during his term, he made a ‘Sukauro Sikkim’.
Development in Sikkim can be seen only in Facebook but not on ground. The Chief
Minister has not even provided proper relief and rehabilitation to the flood
victims, forget about restoring the washed away bridges and roads,” said
maintained that the ruling SKM is unable to convince the people with its
development report card.
government has done development only in Facebook and eventually they will
resort to politics of stone pelting and violence against the opposition
parties. If they had actually done developmental work then they should not be
doing stone pelting. They know they are losing in coming election and thus
doing violence,” said the SDF functionary.
also commented on a recent speech made by the Chief Minister wherein he hinted
about the possibility that he may not contest the 2024 election.
Minister said a situation could come where he may not contest. I have already
said that Golay may not contest in 2024 as the case against him is still there
in the Supreme Court and it depends on the Centre on whether he can contest or
not. Everyone knows that he has to give Assembly seats to the BJP or the BJP
themselves will raise objections to his candidature. Golay has already given
the Rajya Sabha seat to the BJP and must give Assembly seats to the BJP in
2024,” said the SDF functionary.
further alleged that the Chief Minister sold the distinct identity of Sikkim to
save his chair. “We can see this in the Finance Act 2023 and implementation of
Central Acts that are detrimental to the Sikkimese interests. Maximum violation
of Article 371F has taken under the SKM government,” he said.
like a cancer for Sikkim. We must remove this cancer in 2024 and bring a real
‘Sunaulo Sikkim’ and not a ‘Sukauro Sikkim’. For this, the SDF has fighting the
upcoming election with ‘Save Sikkim’ call. We have an experienced and proven
leader who is being joined by capable and meritorious youth. We have an
excellent team of experienced leaders and youth in our party,” said Bhaichung.
asserted that regularisation of temporary government employees including the
OFOJ workers and distribution of government welfare schemes are routine work of
any State government.
the SDF has not held major public meetings, Bhaichung said the SDF is presently
focused on ‘door-to-door’ outreach activities and ‘Jan Samvad’ wherein the
party is interacting with the people instead of holding large public meetings.
“We believe that our work will speak. Go to any village, the developmental work
done by the past SDF government in 25 years is clearly visible,” he said.