Gangtok, 23 Dec:
Senior SDF minister, DD Bhutia, today made light of Sikkim Krantikari Morcha claims of SDF losing ground in South and West Sikkim, long established as SDF strongholds.
Interacting with media-persons today at Rabongla after completion of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling’s visit, Mr Bhutia, who represents Berfung constituency of South Sikkim, said, “You cannot win elections just by making empty claims. Words do not translate to electoral victories.”
This was in response to media queries about his response to SKM claims that SDF was trailing in the districts.
“Time will tell who wins the coming elections. In a democracy, people reign supreme and only they decide who will win an election based on who they trust to give them a Sikkim of their choice,” he said, adding that this trust has resided with the SDF for the past two and a half decades.
He said that the party organisation of SDF was strong in the districts.
About his own prospects, should he get the party ticket again, he said, “We have already done our homework on who is with us and who are with the opposition and who are neutral. Last elections, I got 6,500 votes while my opponent got only 3,400 votes. The votes I got in the last elections are intact and moreover, people from other opposition parties have come and joined our party. The support base of SDF has increased in Berfung constituency.”
Mr Bhutia further said that the SDF government has fulfilled all the basic minimum needs of the people of Sikkim.
He also remarked that people are free to do politics, but Sikkim should not suffer.
“There should be no external interference in Sikkim, peace should remain in Sikkim. However, here someone is going around saying that they will even beat and murder people in order to form the government. Such things should not happen in Sikkim,” he said.
Mr Bhutia was referring to an SKM leader whose video allegedly making such claims and threats has been doing the rounds in social media.