Cong demands action against CM for having ignored criminal offences by Ministers and MLAs

Gangtok, 07 Feb:

Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee [SPCC] today submitted a memorandum to Governor Ganga Prasad here at Raj Bhawan calling on the Governor to action against the Chief Minister for having failed to take action against his ministers and MLAs for what appear to be clear criminal offences. The party has drawn attention to some allegations reportedly levelled against SKM President PS Tamang [Golay] and BS Panth, both former colleagues and now political opponents, and claimed that since the Chief Minister also holds the Home Department portfolio, and since he was privy to the information he was now sharing, not having taken at the time amounted to breach of trust.

The memorandum claims that during a Janta Mela event on 27 January at Jorethang in South Sikkim, the Chief Minister revealed names of several individuals who were murdered, assaulted and whose homes and vehicles were torched allegedly upon orders from former Minister and MLA, PS Tamang [Golay].

Likewise, the memorandum also highlights that at a separate meeting, the CM also alleged that former MLA BS Panth had distributed only photocopies of allotment documents thereby cheating 992 beneficiaries of CMRHM scheme and misappropriated the funds meant for it.

Addressing a press conference here today, SPCC president Bharat Basnet stated that these allegations were never revealed earlier but are being levelled only now when both have started to speak against the CM.

He added that the CM has also held the charge of Home Department since 1994 and all these crimes are alleged to have been committed when both were cabinet Ministers in his government.

“It is clear that the CM has failed to act against his own Ministers, thereby shielding them from the serious crimes they have committed. Instead of taking appropriate legal action, these revelations of such serious nature during public meetings by an elected representative amount to breach of the oath of secrecy,” Mr Basnet contends.

He also alleged today that political and bureaucratic conspiracy led to the rejection of nomination papers of four Congress party candidates in the 2004 election.

The SPCC president mentioned that the party has apprised the Governor on these issues and urged him to look into these matters seriously and initiate appropriate action to save the spirit of democracy and the sanctity of the Constitution in Sikkim.

“I am leaving for Delhi on Friday to attend the core committee meeting of AICC in which I will place all these issues to the high command of the party as well,” he said.