GANGTOK, 10 Oct:
A group of 26 advocates extended their support to Sikkim Krantikari Morcha today in a meeting with the SKM president, PS Tamang [Golay]. A retired Sub Inspector, Raghunath Lohar also formally joined the party.
SKM president, Mr Tamang stated that SKM has been working since nine years in the interest of people and future generation of the State. He mentioned that MLAs, leaders and workers of SKM have always worked for Sikkim and its people even in his absence and the party has won the trust of the people with its work.
Mr Golay mentioned that the decision of advocates to support the party is a bold decision and it would help the party to work more effectively for the people.
He added that the State government’s claims of development are confined to MG Marg while rural parts are in pathetic condition.
“Seeing the present condition of the State I am happy about my decision to leave the ruling party and to raise my voice for the people of Sikkim,” he expressed.
Mr Golay announced that after coming to power, the SKM government will constitute an ‘Advocates Welfare Fund’ to provide stipend to junior advocates.
SKM acting president, KN Lepcha expressed immense happiness on the decision of advocates to support the party. He stated that their decision was in the interest of the people of Sikkim. The support from the legal fraternity will help the party to work more effectively for the people, he added.
Advocate, William Tamang accused the government of exploitation, injustice and favouritism. He stated that advocates have been compelled to raise their voice against the misdeeds of the ruling government. “We will be supporting SKM to fight against these misdeeds and to work in the interest of the people,” he said.
Another advocate, Dilip Tamang mentioned that looking at the active role played by SKM as the opposition party, advocates have come forward to extend their support to the party.
“We are also supporting the party for its policies and programmes for the State and its people,” he said.