Gangtok, 03 Dec:
Hamro Sikkim Party [HSP] today announced that the Election Commission of India confirmed that the party has been granted ‘whistle’ as its election symbol. The party received an e-mail informing of the same on Wednesday.
Posters of the party with the election symbol were on display at the party’s head office in Deorali where the HSP vice president, Bhaichung Bhutia, spokespersons, Biraj Adhikari and Dilip Rai spoke with media persons.
“We had submitted three preferences to the ECI as our election symbol. Whistle was our first preference and we are thankful to the ECI for allocating whistle as our party symbol,” said Mr Adhikari.
Bhaichung Bhutia said that HSP is happy to get whistle as its election symbol.
“Whistle is easily recognised and is also capable of making a lot of noise. It is used to create awareness and also the starting and end of something. Those fighting for the society to create transparency in the administration are also called whistle blowers. It also holds importance to me as a former football player. Whistle is blown to start the match and also to end the match. We have now blown the whistle to start our movement and the final whistle will be blown when the rule of SDF in Sikkim ends,” he said.
Bhaichung informed that a team of HSP workers are going to Delhi and would be holding a daylong dharna at Jantar Mantar.
“We will be raising issues of Sikkim like corruption, delay in Limboo-Tamang Assembly seats and tribal status demand for the 11 left out communities of Sikkim and also restoration of Nepali seats in the Assembly. We will speak with the concerned authorities in Delhi regarding these issues and also try to get appointments with the Prime Minister and President,” said Mr Bhutia.
He informed that the party also wants an independent probe into the fire in the record section of the Power department office recently. The CAG report has been highlighting corruption in hydel power projects and during his visit to Sikkim, the Prime Minister spoke about Rs 16,000 crore being allocated to Sikkim for power generation, he said alleging that the fire in the Power Department raises suspicions.
“The CM is presently saying that the Centre has not fulfilled the demands of Sikkim. His party was with the NEDA and NDA for these four and a half years and now at the end, he is making such comments. If he is not satisfied then why not quit NEDA and NDA?” said Mr Bhutia.
Regarding the still vacant post of HSP president, Mr Adhikari said that a democratic process has started for electing the HSP president. Process has started and it will take some time, he said.