Court will decide if Golay can contest elections, not SDF: HSP

HSP to petition Governor and DGP with regard to rumours of violence

Gangtok, 08 Aug:

Hamro Sikkim Party’s spokesperson, Biraj Adhikari, and vice president, Bhaichung Bhutia, today addressed a press conference at the party head-office in Deorali, Gangtok.

Mr Adhikari informed that HSP will be submitting a memorandum to Director General of Sikkim Police on 09 Aug with regard to the law and order situation in the State.

“We are distressed at the rumours circulating among the general public concerning the peace and law and order situation in Sikkim. These rumours have created a sense of fear among the population and the HSP has reasons to believe that these rumours may be true and that the ruling party, as usual, is hell bent upon resorting to violence as a political tool,” Mr Adhikari contended.

In their memorandum, the HSP has requested Sikkim Police to consider making immediate plans to ensure that peace in Sikkim is maintained at all costs. Further, the police should also demonstrate that they are a professional force guided by laws of this country and thus avoid pressure of the ruling dispensation in Sikkim.

The party has also requested the police force to treat all opposition activities, as it would of the ruling party, in the days ahead.

Mr Adhikari informed that a copy of the memorandum will also be submitted to Governor as well.

Vice president, Mr Bhutia, will be taking the memorandum to be submitted to the Union Home Affairs Minister, he added.

“There should be no separate laws for the ruling party and the opposition parties. Yesterday, Sikkim Democratic Front took out an umbrella rally in Gangtok and their workers were allowed to walk in the middle of the road disturbing traffic and causing traffic-jams for more than three hours. However, the opposition party supporters are always forced to walk on the footpath when they hold rallies. Law should treat all in an equal manner but it seems that there’s separate law for SDF’s rallies and a different law for the opposition parties,” said Mr Adhikari.

Addressing the press, HSP vice president, Mr Bhutia, said, “Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s party president, PS Tamang [Golay], is being released from jail on 10 Aug. It is learnt that the administration will be imposing Section 144 CrPC on that day which is unfair for Mr Tamang and SKM workers. This should not take place as it will be a dictatorial decision. SDF cannot decide whether Mr Tamang can contest the elections or not. That is for the courts to decide.”