SKM demands grow to 35; Submitted to CS along with 25 Feb deadline Demands also posted to CM and Gov

Gangtok, 09 Feb:

A Sikkim Krantikari Morcha delegation led by its acting president, Kunga Nima Lepcha, submitted a 35-point list of demands of the party with the Chief Secretary on Saturday. The party has also sent copies of its demands through registered post to the Governor and Chief Minister.

Addressing a press conference here today, SKM spokesperson Jacob Khaling mentioned that five more demands have been added in the list of 30 demands raised by the SKM president, PS Tamang [Golay] with the State government.

“We also tried to submit the list of demands to the Chief Minister’s Office but we were asked to first submit the list to the Chief Secretary but even after the submission of the demands to the CS, the CMO refused to take our demands,” he informed.

He claimed that the CMO was afraid to accept an official memorandum from a registered political party and insisted that this proves that the government does not have sound political ethics.

“SKM is compelled to place these demands with the government because of the false assurances of the SDF government and for always blaming the opposition for its failure in fulfilling the demands of the people,” Mr Khaling explained.

He read out the charter of 35 demands and reiterated the ultimatum served to the government to fulfil by 25 February failing which the SKM will call for a state-wide bandh from 26 February.

“The call for a bandh is not new to Sikkim as SDF party had called a strike in 1993 when in the Opposition and again in 2012 when it was in the government,” he said.

On the same, he added that SKM also wanted to use this democratic weapon to secure justice for different sections of the State.

“If the SDF party does not try to suppress our movement through violence and other forceful acts, our state-bandh will be very peaceful. In case of any unrest and violence during the bandh, the State Home Minister will be fully responsible for trying to suppress our movement,” he said.

He added that it was a test for SDF to check whether the ruling party was peace-loving or violent. He added that the period of the strike would depend on the situation created by the government.