SKM created ‘Sukauro Sikkim’, celebrated its farewell day at Rangpo: Bhaichung

Thursday, Feb 08, 2024 08:45 [IST]

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SKM created ‘Sukauro Sikkim’, celebrated its farewell day at Rangpo: Bhaichung

BIJOY GURUNG

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”.

“It was 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 meet here.

The SDF 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.

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”.

“The SKM 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 Bhaichung.

Bhaichung maintained that the ruling SKM is unable to convince the people with its development report card.

“The SKM 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.

Bhaichung 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.

“The Chief 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.

Bhaichung 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.

“SKM is 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.

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.

Asked why 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.

 

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