Association with SDF will hurt Modi’s credibility – Bhaichung in open letter to PM

Gangtok, 10 Sept: Former Indian football captain and Hamro Sikkim Party vice president, Bhaichung Bhutia, has today written an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Accusing the Sikkim Democratic Front government of corruption, he has said that SDF’s continued association, both with the NDA and NEDA in the North East, shall adversely affect Mr Modi’s credibility and image as a clean Prime Minister. In the letter released to the media, Mr Bhutia has written, “…And any further alliance with such a corrupt political party, the SDF, should be debated seriously and stopped at the earliest before further damage is done to your good image.” He adds, “The very fact that the Assembly under our Chief Minister Pawan Chamling passed a memorandum in the House, preventing the CBI from entering the State to investigate them on various charges of misappropriation speaks volumes about the level of corruption that exists in the State. Because of this rampant corruption in the State, today we have the ignominious distinction of being the State with the highest unemployment and suicide rates in the country and large number of youth have been into drugs and alcoholism.” He further goes on to allege that the State Government has misguided the Centre regarding the organic mission and that production of food grains in Sikkim has gone down drastically in the last 20 years. Mr Bhutia also touches upon water supply, roads, power supply, health and education sectors alleging that there are many shortcomings in these sectors. “Today we have the worst roads in the country and despite the number of hydel projects forced upon this tiny ecologically fragile State, there is a huge power shortage with daily outages lasting for hours on end,” he writes.