As per law, Golay cannot contest next elections: KT Gyaltsen

Gangtok, 25 Jul:

Sikkim Democratic Front spokesperson, KT Gyaltsen, argued today that as per law, a person convicted under the Prevention of Corruption Act and sentenced to imprisonment stands disqualified from the date of conviction and shall continue to remain disqualified for a further period of six years from the date of release. He was referring to SKM president, PS Tamang [Golay], who is currently serving a one year prison term here at Rongneck Jail.

Addressing a press conference today, Mr Gyaltsen stressed that it was important to take this fact to the people based on the law.

He explained the Section 8 the Representation of People’s Act which deals with disqualification on conviction for certain offences.

He stated that laws related to conviction under the PCA clearly mentioned that a person convicted under it and sentenced to imprisonment shall be disqualified from the date of conviction and shall continue to remain disqualified for a further period of six years from the date of release.

On the same, he argued that since nobody was above the law and the Constitution then the possibility of a person convicted under PCA for at least six more years does not arise.

About his differences with Mr Tamang, the SDF Spokesperson stressed that it was a difference of ideologies and that there was nothing personal he held against him. He stressed it was important for the party to take the fact to the people based on the law.

Mr Gyaltsen also strongly criticised and condemned a recent press statement of TN Dhakal of SKM on the issue of tribal status to eleven left-out communities of Sikkim.

He stated that Mr Dhakal has misrepresented all facts and presented a totally incorrect and fabricated scenario in his press statement.

He mentioned that the SDF government has been working tirelessly and consistently on pursuing the tribal status for all left-out communities of Sikkim.

He added that the State government has been taking up this issue with the Centre with facts and as per the law. He reiterated that opposition needs to understand that this was a Central subject and the State was very hopeful that the Centre will fulfill this demand very soon.

On the private member’s resolution placed by SKM MLA, Kunga Nima Lepcha in the recent Sikkim Legislative Assembly session, Mr Gyaltsen stressed that the resolution was a big conspiracy and intended to dilute Article 371F and to bring division among the people of Sikkim.

He also questioned the motive of the resolution to interfere with Revenue Order No 1. He further added that it was an attack on the Old Laws of Sikkim and intended to dilute the Article 371F.

He mentioned that the Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has proved his statesmanship and leadership by passing a strong bill for the protection of the land-holdings of the Sherpa community without disturbing the Revenue Order No 1 and still protecting their land in the same spirit as that of Revenue Order No 1.

Responding to media queries, SDF Party Spokesperson, Bhim Dahal, expressed that SDF was looking at seeing the release of Mr Tamang from prison like a simple incident and the logical end of a legal procedure.

He strongly refuted suggestions that SDF had filed the case against Mr Tamang.

On the same, he informed that Nuk Tshering Bhutia had filed a PIL against Mr Tamang and then he was charge-sheeted and then convicted under the legal procedure. He stated that instead to blaming SDF, SKM should ask its own member Mr Nuk Tshering Bhutia about the case.