Gangtok, 29 May:
Sikkim Pradesh Congress Committee has expressed dismay over the present Chief Minister, PS Tamang’s [Golay] announcement that his government was a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), immediately after he called on the Governor of Sikkim, as per a press release.
“It is the Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) party that has received the people’s mandate and not the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and such hurried announcements immediately upon forming the government smacks of betrayal of the electorates’ faith in them,” the party has said.
SPCC extends its best wishes to the new government, and hopes they will work without compromising the provisions of Article 371F in any manner, and keeping the interests of Sikkim and the Sikkimese people in highest regard, the release adds.
Meanwhile, a review and analysis meeting of the party was held today at SPCC head office, 6th Mile, Tadong. The meeting was presided over by SPCC president, Bharat Basnet, and was attended by SPCC office bearers, all candidates fielded by the party in the recently concluded elections, party workers and supporters.
The party expressed gratitude, appreciation and thanks to all its candidates, party workers and supporters for their active participation and hard work during the elections. The SPCC also thanked the Election Commission, all Returning Officers, law enforcing and security agencies, and all other supporting staff for conducting a peaceful, free and fair election.
President of SPCC, Mr Basnet has tendered his resignation from his post, on moral grounds, taking responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the recently concluded assembly and Lok Sabha elections. A report has been forwarded to the All India Congress Committee regarding the current developments and the SPCC’s proposal for re-structuring the party in the state. The present office bearers will continue with their respective responsibilities till further decisions are taken by the AICC, the release mentions.