SKM satyagrah pressure replaces bandh to reiterate 35 demands, demand democracy

Gangtok, 28 Feb:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, which had earlier called a bandh for today and withdrew it following the High Court stay order, organized satyagrah sit-ins at its party offices across the State today to reiterate its 35-point charter of demands with the State Government and to register its protest against what it sees as the undemocratic functioning of the State Government.

SKM party workers gathered at the respective party offices this morning and sat on hunger strikes with the party president, PS Tamang [Golay], moving across party offices in West Sikkim and joining the satyagrahs there.

The SKM protest demanding that the State government fulfill the 35 demands raised by the SKM and was joined by a large number of party workers began at the party offices with the singing of the national anthem with posters of Mahatma Gandhi and the Tricolor prominently displayed at all the venues.

The SKM president stated that while the bandh call was withdrawn because the party respects the High Court’s decision, it was also committed to the points raised by it which were for the greater common good of Sikkim and not for personal or political mileage.

It was for this reason that the party decided to hold satyagrah protests across the State to raise the demands in a stronger voice.

These demands, he stressed, were important to the party which was ready to go to any level to have them addressed.

The dharnas were held at all the 31 constituency-level SKM party offices across the State and were joined by party leaders and workers.

Some of demands include immediate restoration of Nepali seats in state assembly, resolution of the Limboo Tamang reservation issue, tribal status for the 11 left-out communities, abolishing of the labour contract system, regularization of ad-hoc teachers and temporary employees, permission for CBI to take up cases in Sikkim etc.