CM’s statement on Doklam standoff ‘anti-national’ says SKM

Gangtok, 22 Aug:

Sikkim KrantikariMorcha has registered its strong objection toChief Minister PawanChamling’s statement on the Centre not informing Sikkim about Doklam standoff published on 21 Aug in a national newspaper. The party has demanded that the CM withdraw his statement immediately and apologize to the Centre, Army and the people of Sikkim and India for his statement.

According to SKM, in an article published in The Economic Times, the CM has said that during the Doklam stand-off with China, the State Government was kept in the dark by the Centre and neither the Central Government nor the Army had informed him about the situation.

Addressing a press conference here today, SKM spokesperson, Jacob Khaling, stated that the Constitution has demarcated duties and responsibilities of the Union and the State. He added that the Centre and the Army has full right to choose not to disclose sensitive international and border issues with the State.

While thanking the Centre and the Army for standing firm during the Doklam standoff, he expressed that a Chief Minister giving such statements on a sensitive issue was very unfortunate and anti-national.

MrKhaling demanded that the Centre immediately investigate the intension behind the statement of the CM. He stated that such statements will discourage the willpower of the Army and be beneficial for China.

He further alleged that earlier too China had taken advantage of the CM’s statement wherein he had said- “Sikkim did not merge with India to become a sandwich between China and Bengal”.

Likewise, SKM acting president, KungaNimaLepcha, stated that such irresponsible and anti-national statement by the CM will jeopardize national security. He added that the CM should consult with his think tanks before speaking on such sensitive issues.

China may again misuse the statement and the CM should stand with the decision of the Centre instead of questioning it, MrLepcha said.