SDF legislators to boycott govt swearing in

May 27, 2019

Gangtok, 26 May:

Sikkim Democratic Front legislators will be boycotting the swearing in ceremony of the SKM Government at Paljor Stadium on Monday.

An SDF press release informs that the decision was taken to register the party’s protest against the “blatant disregard” of Supreme Court rulings and all norms of democracy being shown by the SKM in going ahead with their party president, PS Tamang [Golay] as the Chief Minister.

Mr Tamang, it may be recalled, did not contest the assembly elections. While a person who has not been elected an MLA is allowed to become CM, the law requires him to get elected into the legislative assembly within six months of taking office as CM.

Mr Tamang as CM comes with a unique complication in that his conviction in a corruption case bars him from contesting elections for the present.

A Supreme Court judgment in a similar case [involving J Jayalalitha] argued that a person who is disqualified from being a member of the State legislature cannot be appointed as a chief minister.

The SDF is holding up this judgment as the reason behind their decision to boycott the swearing in ceremony during which Mr Tamang is expected to take oath of office as the new Chief Minister of Sikkim.

The party has cited the incidents of post-poll violence, allegedly by SKM party workers targeting SDF supporters as another reason they will be staying away from Paljor Stadium on Monday in protest.

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